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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Address: 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-3309
Phone Number: +1 619-234-9153
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Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission...

Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission to the "Maritime Museum of San Diego" grants you access to one of the world's finest collections of historic sea vessels. Once on board our museum ships, you will find that we offer something for people of all ages. You not only get to explore our ships and submarines, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on art, maritime history, commerce and exploration. We also offer guided tours and host family friendly events regularly. Historic bay cruises run daily and can be added on to the price of admission for an extra nominal fee. There is no better way to spend the day than on the bay!

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Great Tourist Stop

We went during the festival of sail and were blown away by the ships. It is an excellent museum for tourists, but really anyone who is interested in history and the sea. If you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the Museum in the 1st week of October. I have 4 kids age 4-10. The staff seems to be divided between rude, suspicious employees that don't like kids and volunteers/docents who are very friendly. There are some small boats up on blocks and my kids were simply looking at them and an angry staff member hollered at them... More 

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California, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went during the festival of sail and were blown away by the ships. It is an excellent museum for tourists, but really anyone who is interested in history and the sea. If you are a fan of the film Master and Commander, they have the ship used for the HMS Surprise in the film.

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

San Diego has managed to collect ships of all ages and duties. From the old Soviet submarine, to the Star of India. One ticket gets you to numerous ships and the museum located in the old ferry. It feels a bit overmuch by the time you have done them all, but they are endlessly entertaining.

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The docked boats are great, and we ended up spending considerably more time than planned to look at them because they were so interesting. But the highlight of the day was the swift boat tour of SD bay and Navy sites with a Vietnam vet swift boat pilot as our guide/narrator. Bob was absolutely wonderful. The ride was fun and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Location was easy to find in the harbor, very close to USS Midway. Museum has original 'Star of India' vessel, steam ferry, several wooden replicas and two subs, one US and one Soviet. The second one was particularly interesting to see taking into account that I am myself from the former Soviet block and had never been close to sub,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Old ships, submarines, ferry boat, and a yacht to tour. Self-guided so you can take your time. The old ships are fantastic to tour, hard to imagine living on one of them for months. What is really interesting was the two submarines, one USA and one Soviet Union. What a great experience it was, especially the history of the Russian... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just loved seeing so many different vessels and submarines, A replica or two, the sights, sounds, exercise, if you want, you can get some in, climbing a mast? Really cool going in the hauls and standing on the decks... I would try to explore these beauties if can fit it in you agenda on SD Bay. right next to boats... More 

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Richland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Park consists of several boats that welcome people aboard: a few submarines, a steamer, some replicas and the original "Star of India." My favorite was the Russian submarine, as it involved a series of movies that helped contextualize the boat's history. The actual museum area was oddly filled with replicas that didn't seemed overtly linked to the boats, but we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My granddaughter spent Thanksgiving week with me and we were looking for something to do. I had not been thru the ships on waterfront in quite awhile. I thought there was only the Berkeley and Star of India. They have added the Surprise from Master and Commander movie, Soviet Sub, American Sub and a replica of ship that first was... More 

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Revelstoke, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon in this museum. Very interesting and definitely recommend purchasing the trip into the bay on the pilot boat. John was our tour guide he was very informative and for an extra $5 it is well worth it. The submarines are very cool. We could have spent even more time than we did. Make sure to... More 

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