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USS Pampanito

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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Interesting History Lesson

When I was in boy scouts we had the option to stay abord the pompanito for the night. I remember it being very cramped and uncomfortable but it's all worth it when go on the tour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jay J
Livermore, California

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Livermore, California
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When I was in boy scouts we had the option to stay abord the pompanito for the night. I remember it being very cramped and uncomfortable but it's all worth it when go on the tour.

Thank Jay J
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like WWII stuff stop by this jewel, we didn't take the tour but it was very interesting to read about.

Thank Jseejas
Livermore, California
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75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably not a top 10 thing to do in SF, but if you're in town for several days, or on a repeat visit the Pampanito is a great way to spend a few hours.

Thank tkwitt
New York City, New York
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302 reviews
219 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The USS Pampanito is a World War II submarine with a museum and memorial that is open for visitors at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 45. I was curious to explore the sub, but balked at the $15 entry fee. That's too much money. It's unfortunate because I think if the price was more reasonable they'd raise a lot... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have an interest in WW2 history then this attraction is for you. Amazing to see how the sub was run in such confined spaces. The men who served in these subs were so brave and had such a lot of discomfort to put up with. The volunteers who keep it going as is are awesome.

Thank Shazzan54
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Totally restored sub...awesome visit..and information headsets cool with real sounds...incl. the war freighter behind it...a must for sub buffs..worth every penny I spent all afternoon there...u-535 next

Thank John C
Stamford, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you are down by Fisherman's Quay, ignore all the tat and tourist garbage. This is a gem of a museum and they offer military discount too.Wander through the sub and get a feel what life was really like under the waves.

Thank Robsski
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a quick visit but a great pleasure to talk to a veteran. Something to do in a life and I share it with my wife and my 5 years old boy.

Thank Laurent M
Guelph, Canada
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74 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have to agree with all the positives expressed in previous reviews . Amazing to come into such close proximity of such a unique piece of history . The submarine , battleship and arcade museum all very close to each other . Well worth spending some time here .

Thank jimmyd1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed this self tour, well done, not expensive and interesting view. No time pressure (such as the u-boat in Germany)

Thank Linda J

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