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USS Pampanito

Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Ranked #53 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 »
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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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133 helpful votes 133 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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Wantagh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This WWII submarine is docked at Pier 45 right next to the warship SS Jeremiah O'Brien. We didn't have time to do both but chose the sub because we had never been on one. What a unique experience! You can walk all the way through the vessel, climb through the narrow doorways, and get up close and personal with the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited the Sub while in the San Francisco area. The sub is amazing and it was a great value for a family. Overall great experience but I did think the flags on the sub need repair or replacement as they we not in great shape and a few were tore which to me seems a bit disrespectful to the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

In the tourist hell that is pier 39 this was a welcome respite, some history, some interest and some major hardware, very cool to be able to walk through the sub from stern to bow, see the torpedoes and tubes and how cramped living there must have been. The only thing that would have improved it would have been someone... More

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were wandering around Fisherman’s wharf and found it generally disappointing; we then visited the USS Pampanito. This was excellent and worth the visit for both the story of the submarine itself and also as a reminder of the sacrifice made by those who fought in the Pacific.

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