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Maritime Museum of San Diego San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego
CA
92101
Tel: 619-234-9153

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the WORLD'S oldest active ship is the Star of India? Well, it happens that the Maritime Museum of San Diego has a collection of some of the finest historic ships....and one of them is the Star of India! How amazing is that!

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is dedicate to restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. It is also a place where the family can explore amazing exhibits and artifacts to learn all about an amazing history that happened right under your feet!

The museum's exhibits cover a range of topics, and there are both permanent and changing ones to peak your interest! From the technology of the sail, to the introduction of steam, and even the charting of the sea and how this science developed through the years - kids can marvel at how far we have some from the early days of navigation!

We told you there was an amazing collection of ships...are you ready to hear all about them!? You can enjoy a 45 minutes history tour on the bay for 45 minutes, and the swift boat has two 75 minute tours that can tell you all about the history of San Diego!

Ever wanted to sail a tall ship? The Californian lets you enjoy 3 hours of sailing adventures on most weekends!

You can see the HMS Surprise, the San Salvador, and the USS Dolphin - just to name a few!

Don't forget to check out the events they have across the year, including the fun Festival of Sail over Labor Day weekend.  Family fun for all!

Enjoy the history at this fascinating museum in San Diego - ahoy maties! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18
  • Children$8 (Ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 8pm most days of the year. Summer 9pm close.

All year round.

Teachers corner

There are a number of programs that you can pick from for the students - it's an amazing place for kids to be part of the adventure. Book in advance so they can make sure you have what you need.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to eat in San Diego - get something to fill those bellies before you head on over to the museum! .

Healthy Eating!

it's always a good idea to carry bottled water with you .

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out on all the events and adventures you can have, because you won't want to miss out!.

Doing our bit

The museum have restored, collected and displayed some incredible pieces of maritime history so they can educate and amaze all who visit!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, give them a call to discuss how they can help you with any assistance .

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop has a host of items for you to take home! You can continue your historical journey, or take home merchandise of the museum.

More information

You can pick up combo tickets for multiple San Diego attractions that includes the museum!.

What people are saying?

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    3 of us took the rour and paid the extra money for the pilot boat ride. We loved all of it.

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    Loved this museum. Anyone visiting San Diego should come here and spend the afternoon. Then go eat at the Fish Market.

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    This is the most horrible experience I have ever had at the Famous Yacht America for a four-hour whale watching. No customer service. No courtesy. No refunds. No re-embursements. There's nowhere to park but 3-hour parking limits. The boat has already left when I got there but they did not want to help me at all. They show nothing but lack of respect and lack of communication. They ripped me off for I have waited for so long for my birthday. They're just plain rude and cocky workers! Not recommended. I will never go there ever again!

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    Save your money and take pictures from shore.

    They do right by their star attraction, the Star of India, and keep her well maintained. However, the other ships aren't so well maintained.

    HMS Surprise - Dirty, more than one empty display cabinet.

    B39 - Amazed it is still afloat... From a distance the submarine looks fine, but up close reveals lots of badly painted over rust. The paint is bubbled and flaking where its been painted over and there were spots where the outer hull was eaten through. Can you say "tetanus." The interior was in decent...Read More

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    A great place to take your out of town guests!

    One year for my birthday, some friends and I went out for a sail on the tallship the Californian. A fun day out, and for an extra $5, I got a year long pass to the museum, which came in handy for days I was wandering around the waterfront or had out of town visitors. I could explore one ship at a time at my leisure. I even saw a children's pirate party once on one of the ships!

    Tour includes a few tallships and submarines. Definitely worthwhile.

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Save your money and take pictures from shore.

They do right by their star attraction, the Star of India, and keep her well maintained. However, the other ships aren't so well maintained.

HMS Surprise - Dirty, more than one empty display cabinet.

B39 - Amazed it is still afloat... From a distance the submarine looks fine, but up close reveals lots of badly painted over rust. The paint is bubbled and flaking where its been painted over and there were spots where the outer hull was eaten through. Can you say "tetanus." The interior was in decent shape, but uncomfortably warm. Note, this sub is difficult to move through due to the size of the watertight hatches. Definitely not for the claustrophobic.

Californian - Closed, along with the entire back half of the pier containing their smaller boats.

PCF 816 Swift Boat - Tied up at an inaccessible location.

Medea - Pretty, but entirely closed except for two compartments.

Dolphin - fairly well maintained and easy to move through.

Berkeley - This one houses a decent museum full of artwork, exhibits, and models. The engineering spaces were interesting to move through.

Pilot boat - no opinion as it was on a sailing excursion at the time.

I should have demanded a refund and visited the USS Midway Museum instead.

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