Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation
The USS Hornet Museum, a National Historic Landmark, features one the most decorated ships in US history and has been described by the Navy as the best restored US Navy ship. It combines the history of 59 engagements during World War II, service during the Cold War and in Vietnam with the distinction of being the recovery ship for both Apollo 11 and 12, the first two moon landing missions. The museum blends that illustrious history with a focus on connecting generations and educating our youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The museum also offers families and youth organizations a very popular Live Aboard program, including unique merit badge opportunities for scouting organizations.
The museum opened in 1998 at Pier 3 in Alameda, California, its home during active service as well, and it celebrates the legacy of its namesake and another Alameda-based carrier, the USS Hornet (CV-8) that launched the Doolittle Raid and fought in the Battle of Midway. The museum also celebrates the contributions of its sister Essex-class aircraft carriers, the extensive contributions of women like "Rosy the Riveter" and women in the services, along with Mercury and Gemini space missions. The features of the museum include:
- The Mobile Quarantine Facility used by the Apollo 14 astronauts
- An Apollo test vehicle
- 14 different aircraft, all accurately restored, from World War II and beyond
- Audio tours of three decks and levels
- Docent-led tours of 14 decks and levels, all restored to 1970 specifications, including:
- The Forward Engine Room
- Number 2 Fire Room
- Primary Flight Control (Pri-Fly)
- Combat Information Center (CIC)
- Bridge, Pilot House and Navigation
The mission of the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation is to preserve and honor the legacy of the USS Hornet and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and the exploration of space. The USS Hornet Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.