The Museum features two rotating galleries, one on the Hangar Deck and the other located on the 2nd Deck. We encourage you to return often to see our new, highlighted topics!

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Life And Death of USS Hornet (CV-8)

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum currently has exhibit about CV-8 on the Hangar Deck of the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to see firsthand the story of USS Hornet (CV-8) when they visit the Museum. The exhibit includes artifacts such as the first hand accounts of the sinking from the men aboard, a life vest worn by one of the survivors, and ID cards and journals saved by the survivors.

The crew of the Research Vessel Petrel, sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation, has recently announced that they have discovered the remains of USS Hornet (CV-8), just east of the Solomon Islands, on the bottom of the Pacific, about three miles down. For more information on the find, please visit our Press & Media Page!

Treasures from the Collection

This exhibition celebrates the 20th year of the Museum as well as the 75th anniversary of USS Hornet’s commissioning by showcasing unique and fascinating pieces of the Museum’s permanent artifact collection. Objects on display highlight many facets of life aboard a ship and in the Navy, ranging from admiral’s china and officers’ swords to an enlisted photographer’s mate’s letters home to his parents.

Our Treasures from the Collection spans between both the Hangar Deck and 2nd Deck special exhibition spaces; visit these pieces while they were on display!


Exhibits range from the ship’s Sickbay to Boiler Room, her Brig to Combat Information Center.  Many spaces are available for self and guided tours so that you can learn about how the crew worked and lived while aboard!

Restored Spaces

捕鱼大作战The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum strives to make the aircraft carrier as original as possible to its time in service. We have a team of dedicated and talented volunteers that strive to restore each area to the finest of detail. Currently the ships second deck has a majority of the spaces (rooms) restored. There are also several major areas of the third deck that also restored and available for Docent led tours.

Permanent Exhibits

捕鱼大作战The Museum has permanent exhibitions throughout the ship for you and your family to enjoy。 They pertain to a certain parts of the United States Navy history and tell great stories of honor and bravery。


Visit our Hangar and Flight Decks and explore our growing collection of over 15 historic aircraft. The majority of these aircraft would have flown off of USS Hornet during her career, but all were important to the history and evolution of naval aviation!

Enjoy Everything the Hornet Has to Offer

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