The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum that is located in downtown San Diego, California at the Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses a ridiculous collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. The USS Midway was the United States’ longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, working from 1945 to 1992. Approximately 200,000 sailors served aboard the carrier, known for several naval aviation breakthroughs as well as several humanitarian missions. It was the only carrier to serve the entire length of the cold war and beyond. It is currently a museum ship in San Diego, California. Midway opened as a museum on June 7th, 2004. By 2012, annual visitation exceeded 1 million visitors. As of 2015 Midway is the most popular naval warship museum in the US. The museum has 13,000 members, and hosts more than 700 events a year, including more than 450 active duty navy retirements, re-enlistments and changes of command. The museum also hosts approximately 50,000 students on field trips and 5,000 children in its overnight program annually. Admission includes a self guided audio tour, narrated by former midway sailors to more than 60 locations, including sleeping quarters, engine room, galley, bridge, brig, post office, pilots ready rooms, officers quarters, primary flight control. Other features include climb aboard aircraft and cockpits, videos, flight simulators, and a narrated audio tour for youngsters. In addition to private events, the museum has hosted several events, including a nationally broadcast NCAA basketball game between SDSU and Syracuse University in 2012. Membership has grown to more than 25,000. A high definition, a holographic movie theater was added in 2017, and in 2019 the museum is adding a virtual reality flight simulator ride in addition to its existing four flight simulators.