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USS Pampanito

Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
415-775-1943
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Ranked #40 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.
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Type: Military Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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Newcastle
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I had visited the USS Pampanito before, but had not rented the AUDIO TOUR.......this time I did and what a difference it made! It turned an "interesting" tour into one that brought the whole experience to life! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND opting for the audio tour for a mere $3 additional tour....

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Whitehorse, Yukon
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168 reviews 168 reviews
49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Well worth the nominal fee to tour this submarine - it is well restored and a realistic experience of the history of the role of these subs in WWII. We were lucky that it wasn't too busy when we were there so plenty of time to see it all and get a full feel of the experience. Appreciate all the... More 

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Sydney
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99 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

For a few dollars more you get a MP3 player with audio commentary. It's worth it. You won't get the background or as much atmosphere without it. That being said, this was an immersive, impressive and moving experience. It conveys the dangers and the difficulties the submariners experienced. The sub has been well-preserved. Kudos to the volunteer ex-submariners you will... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

What a place! If you, like I, are into subs this is a must. The Pampanito is a WW2 submarine with full access to its innards and with very informative descriptions. going through the decks makes you appreciate how tough the silent service was and how constrained the space had to be to accommodate the crew and weapons. I was... More 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Interesting tour of WWII submarine. Definitely do the audio tour as that's the only way to really know what you're looking at. Also try to go either early or late to avoid crowds. The space is very compact and with too many people it's hard to see things and move around.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Walking though this world war 2 US submarine was certainly interesting if not expensive, it was $12 to enter and if you want the audio tour is another $3, the tour only takes about 15 mins

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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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 

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 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 

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California
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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 

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