We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

USS Pampanito

Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Improve this listing
Ranked #51 of 377 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 »
Write a Review

207 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fremont, California
Top Contributor
1,533 reviews 1,533 reviews
975 attraction reviews
922 helpful votes 922 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Ifs fascinating to explore a "real" submarine when visiting the Fisherman Wharf area of San Francisco. The submarine did six war patrols from 1944 to 1945. It was interesting to see the submarine exhibits and how they lived on the submarine. The submarine continued to serve as a training ship from 1960 to 1971.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Invercargill, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are spending time near pier 45 you should visit the USS Pampanito. When you pay the fee for this attraction you will get a leaflet about it and a set of headphones with audio comentary so that you will understand more about what you are seeing. Remember that a submarine has door hatches that require you to be... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Saskatchewan, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

While mooching around Fisherman's Wharf wee spied this diesel submarine and decided to take a gander. I have always had an interest in military history and equipment and had never been on a submarine before so figured, what the hell. We paid the $3 extra for the audio tour which was money well spent. The audio tour contains actual interviews... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
37 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Madrid, Spain
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Madison, Alabama
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
272 reviews 272 reviews
143 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Top Contributor
637 reviews 637 reviews
217 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to USS Pampanito? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing