Ongoing Events Aboard the USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Museum has a full slate of events scheduled during the month of May that Alamedans of all ages will enjoy. Many of the events at the museum take place on a regular basis. 

  • Typically held on the first Saturday of each month — May 4 this month — those interested in helping with airplanes, restoration, security, tours, events or museum administration may attend new volunteer orientation from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Private orientations by appointment only. Registration required in advance by phone at 521-8448 Ext. 243 or by email at volunteers@uss-hornet.org.
  • Each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the ship’s Chapel and Library on the second deck, amidships, Dr. Wallace Whatley, a retired U.S. Navy Chaplain and local resident, hosts non-denominational religious services. Free admission, attendees may board the ship without paying the usual admittance fee. Donations are optional and appreciated.
  • Task Force Tuesdays feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes guided tour every Tuesday in May. The tour will visit exhibits and restored spaces such as the Combat Information Center, the Torpedo Workshop, Apollo and the Island Superstructure. View vintage aircraft and historic spacecraft up close. Discover rarely visited spaces and hear authentic sea stories from a veteran tour guide. The cost is $35 per adult ($30 for members). Advance reservation and payment required.
  • The museum’s Live Aboard — Youth Group Historical Overnight Adventure invites families, school groups and other small groups aboard to spend the night living with history in the ultimate overnight adventure. The museum’s Live-Aboard Overnight Program was one of the first of its kind and a model for overnight museum adventures.

The Live-Aboard program includes an evening tour, breakfast and dinner in the original Enlisted Mess, late-night ghost stories and more. Live-Aboard nights are set for Thursdays, May 9 and 23; Friday, May 24; and Saturday, May 4. The program is suitable for all ages. Cost is $60 to $100 per person, depending on group size and scheduling. 

  • The museum’s “Night Ops — Youth STEM Overnight Adventure” invites students and scouts onboard for an unforgettable night of STEM learning on Saturdays: May 11, 19 and 25. During the Night Ops, Overnight students will visit select areas of the ship to see various spaces and systems and discuss the science and engineering behind them. As the students move around the ship, they will participate in several hands-on science stations and demonstrations by the Hornet STEM Team to illustrate the science behind the aircraft carrier.

This science-themed overnight experience for schools and youth groups includes: sleeping in restored berthing compartments where the Hornet crew lived; dinner and breakfast in the crew’s mess; hands-on STEM labs; learning about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions that put the first humans on the moon; and a ride in the flight simulator to experience what it’s like to catapult and fly from the carrier.

The evening also includes STEM-themed tours of the mechanical spaces of the ship and a complimentary STEM badge and Take Flight comic booklet. Tickets cost $100 for adults and $60 per student in a school group.

For more information, see www.uss-hornet.org.