- $30 for one daytime admission to the Splashdown 45 celebration on July 26
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children younger than 5 are admitted for free.
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission and the first moon walk, the USS Hornet Museum is hosting a festival celebrating space exploration and mankind’s greatest scientific achievements. Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 lunar module pilot, is the day’s featured speaker at 1 p.m., with a book signing to follow.
USS Hornet Museum
Standing sentinel after clocking significant time in World War II and assisting with the recovery of Apollo 11 and 12 space-shuttle crews, the USS Hornet now serves as an anchored museum where naval enthusiasts and curious citizens can wander her decks to gain insight into her past military duties on the high seas. The aircraft carrier is comprised of four levels of historical eye-candy, mixing curated exhibits with actual ship quarters such as the captain's bridge and in-port cabins. Visitors roam the ship during self-guided tours, which are often injected with wisdom from available docents or chatty seagulls. Sites include the island and navigation bridge, where the helmsman directed the ship and where the admiral conducted operations with his task force, as well as the hangar deck, with access to the ship's panoramic fantail view of San Francisco.