The goal of each of the Museum’s educational program is to use our unique environment to teach science and history concepts in an interactive and fun manner and each program features a tour and hands-on activities. For a maximum ship experience, try one of the overnight stays! Homeschools & Scout Groups Qualify for Field Trip Rates.
The Hornet creates a great reference for my students to understand how the science, math, and engineering they are learning are applied in real life! – Nathan Haley, Stockton CA
Museum Field Trip FAQs
How far in advance do I need to make a reservation for my group?
All reservations are required at least one (1) week before your planned visit。
I am coming with a Home School or Youth Organization group. Can I come on a field trip?
Yes, you may make a reservation as an organized group, but we do ask that all payments are made as a single unit rather than individual payments from families。
Can we bring Lunches and eat them on board?
You are more than welcome to bring lunch aboard the Museum。 We can store your lunch for you and we have several areas for your students to eat, including our Officers’ Mess and Flight Deck。 Please remember that backpacks are not allowed except for medical purposes。
How can we add the Flight Simulator to our Program?
Most of our Educational Tours and Programs have pricing options available to add on Flight Simulator ride tickets that you can add on to your reservation when completing our Reservation Form. It is an additional charge per person. The ride is six (6) minutes long and holds fifteen (15) people at a time. These arrangements need to be made before your group’s arrival. The height restriction for our Flight Simulator is 38 inches so younger school groups may not be able to use it.
Some people in my group have Accessibility concerns. What are my options?
As a National and State Historic Landmark we are unfortunately not entirely accessible to those with mobility impairments or other concerns. For more information on Accessibility, please CLICK HERE.
What is Parking like and where can our bus drop off our group?
The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum has a huge parking lot adjacent to the pier where you may park for free. If you have a bus, the bus is allowed to drop off in front of the ship, but it must return to the main lot and park there. For more information, visit our Plan Your Visit page.
What happens after I submit my Reservation Form?
After you complete your Reservation Form, you will receive an estimated field trip invoice via email as confirmation within 10 business days. The payment is due upon arrival, but payment in advance is preferred. We do except all major credit cards on site.
What should we do when we arrive to the Museum?
When you arrive, it is recommended that your group meets on the pier and then enter the ship as one unit。 If you arrive early for your field trip and before 10AM when the Museum officially opens to the public you may be asked to wait on the pier until your field trip officially starts as the Museum may not be ready for visitors。
What is the required Adult:Child ratio to visit the Museum?
Youth Group tours work best when there is one adult for every four children。 The Museum requires at least one adult for every 8 children。 Children must be with an adult at all times。
Can we purchase food at the Museum?
Snacks and Beverages are available from vending machines on the main deck every day.
Weekdays: A concession truck is available on the pier around 1PM.
Weekends: Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other snacks can be purchased on the Hangar Deck at the concession stand.
If you would like to pre-order food, Box Lunches are available at $8.50 per person.
Planning for Shopping?
You may want to allow extra time for purchasing souvenirs and gifts in the Ship’s Store. On our Reservation Form, we ask if you would like for our Ship’s Store to be an actual stop on your tour or if you would prefer to avoid it either all together or give your group time to shop after the official field trip ends.
STEM-H Teacher Resources
The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is pleased to share with fellow educators a selection of valuable STEM naval related lesson plans for their learning spaces.
STEM-H (STEM-History) was a summer educator fellowship program offered by the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) at the United Sates Navy Museum. Teachers from around the country spent a week at the museum and its related galleries to design a lesson plan incorporating naval history and STEM. For example, a lesson plan on sonar was developed using the Cold War Gallery and its submarine artifacts.
These lessons were then posted on the website as a resource for others。 This project was partially funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research, in which NHF partnered with the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum and the United States Naval Academy。 The Hornet Education Department has since adopted selected STEM-H lessons to provide a resource and model for other naval history museums and educators in general to adapt curriculum to their unique settings。
Available USS Hornet STEM- H Lesson Plans
Crash(less) Landing- The Design Process and Apollo 11
Communication Station– The Combat Information Center aboard the USS Hornet
Making Waves–Sonar, Radar, and Communication aboard the USS Hornet
To the Moon, and Back-Programming and Apollo 11
A Dot and Dash, a Ping and a Flash– Naval History and Non-verbal Communication
捕鱼大作战Tower Building–Physics and Technology aboard the USS Hornet
Under Pressure-Air Pressure and Desalinization aboard the USS Hornet