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USS Pampanito

Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Ranked #53 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums, Ships
Traveler Description: USS Pampanito (SS-383) museum and memorial is open for visitors at Fisherman's Wharf. The  submarine patrolled the Pacific during World War II... more »
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I took my dad, a Vietnam veteran, here and expected to be bored to tears. It cost us both $26 total to get in, including the audio tour, so not too expensive. It was actually so much more interesting than I expected. The audio tour ($3 above the entrance price) really made the difference. You hear stories from the people... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you think about what a visit to a WWII submarine should give you, the USS Pampanito gives you exactly that. It tells the story, in as much depth as you want it, of the lives of the men who fought in it. How they slept, what they ate, what was engaging the enemy like...a very vivid and interesting story... More

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Madrid, Spain
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you want to taste a bit of WWII you should definitely visit the Pampanito. It is a short unguided and austere visit, but you get inside an actual WWII submarine in an excellent conservation state. Where else could you get something like that? You go through the torpedo room, the crew quarters, the control room with the periscope and... More

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Madison, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My bf's interest in anything military, as well as his knowledge of specialized craft & machinery,... made it a thrill for him to see up close and personal. For myself, not so much, but if you've been on a sub for only $12, it is cool to see once. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it was a... More

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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The museum and memorial is conveniently located near other attractions, shops, and restaurants making it easy to fit into anyone's travel plans. If your interested in things like this, go...if you aren't, don't. We are not particularly interested and just went since we were in the area.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The USS Pampanito in SFO is a marvel of mechanical mastery. What is presented comes in a small and constricted area with a claustrophobic feel. It is an engineering masterpiece of machinery and electrical wonderment which proved a vital asset to the victory of the NAVY in WWII. With 9 different compartments to view, you get a real feel for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Super cool to explore submarines. I always pretend I am in Das Boot or I am Cary Grant in Destination Tokyo. Guarantee your kids would love to explore this sub. Fun.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My step dad was a Navy mechanic, this stuff fascinates me. Take your time on this short tour and imagine how these sailors lived.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

After visiting the wonderful Jeremiah O'Brien next door I thought I'd check out this submarine on the way back. What a waste of time! (< 10 minutes) It was cramped to the point of being very claustrophobic and smelt of oil. Couldn't wait to leave but could not as you can't get past anyone in front or behind you. Nothing... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We toured the Pampanito on a rainy Monday morning, which I suspect kept the crowds away. We had the submarine almost to ourselves, which is a good thing as it's a tight fit. We paid $25 for a family pass, and an additional $3 each for an audio tour, which is a good idea to get as almost nothing on... More

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