Naval History on the West Coast

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is located in San Diego at Navy Pier. The museum includes a world-class collection of aircraft and an extensive library specializing in naval history.

San Diego Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, located on San Diego Bay, was established in 1948. It preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States and has an extensive library specializing in maritime history...

San Diego Veterans Museum

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park is dedicated to honoring the memories of all who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. It has an extensive military history library.

San Diego Air and Space Museum 

The San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park includes WWI and WWII exhibits. It is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute and is one of the best museums of its type in the United States. 

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument honors the landing of the Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo at San Diego in 1542. It includes a museum, the old lighthouse, and one of the best views in California. 

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a Marine Corps command museum at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The museum contains exhibits and artifacts relating to the history and legacy of Marine Corps Aviation.

Stockton Maritime Museum 

Stockton Maritime Museum is located in Stockton, California. It preserves the minesweeper USS Lucid and has an important collection of material relating to mine warfare.

Battleship Iowa Museum

The USS Iowa Museum is located at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California. The museum's main artifact is the USS Iowa, lead ship of the Iowa class of battleships.

Hornet Sea, Air, Space Museum

Located in Alameda, California, this museum preserves and honors the legacy of USS Hornet as well as its role in naval aviation, national defense, the Apollo Program, and exploration of space.