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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

900 Beach Street, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94133
415-561-7100
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Ranked #70 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This museum gives you a great insight into the history of San Francisco. It is free and run by volunteers. Plenty to do and see. From the huge light from a lighthouse, the gold rush to pictures of the original Indian people who lived in the Bay. My only 'complaint' is there was no souvenir shop - it could bring... More

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Gold Coast
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42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Located on Jefferson (Fisherman's Wharf) the museum is in the century old Haslett Warehouse, which also contains the Argonaut Hotel and restaurant. The interior features exposed brick, Douglas Fir beams and so much seaside character. You can just walk in from the lobby of the hotel and it's free.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

There's a bunch of ship models, nothing that impressive. There's a very nice view from the balcony though.

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The Aquatic Bathhouse Building is no longer the Maritime Museum but is work the trip to see the building, built in the 30s as part of the WPA. The murals inside and outside are amazing. There are some displays on the first floor. Ask to see the "hidden" room with the color wheel painted on the ceiling. You won't be... More

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Mich
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185 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We love National Parks and this was one of the nicer ones on the End of Fisherman's Wharf. Many nice exhibits and a good history of the Maritime life in the Bay area. We just happened upon it in the busyness of the wharf. Staff was friendly and it takes about an hour, more or less depending on how much... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

At this state run attraction you can walk along the pier and visit the museum for free, and pay $5 to board the boats. Your ticket is valid for 7 days, so if you don't have time to do all the boats in one go you can go back like we did. Really enjoyed going on the paddle boat and... More

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This museum has so many interesting stories about the Wild West, how San Francisco evolved over the years, ship building and social forces and impacts. It was great. You can get in for free, but if you want to board the ships you will need to buy a ticket. For $5 entry it was a great bargain. AND the day... More

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Glen Ridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We walked in on a whim and were blown away on all the information. Our 9 year old could not get enough of it. She could not believe it was free and made us donate money. So much history and the ships down the dock were fantastic to look at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Again..hats off to the National Park Service, this place is so interesting and well done. For a small fee (under 16 yrs free!) you have the opportunity to walk aboard and see exhibits on some fascinating pieces of maritime history. The exhibits are top quality and interactive. The boats are well maintained and there is currently one being restored. We... More

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Berkeley, California
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18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

The Maritime Museum is a wonderful place to see history of the San Francisco waterfront and shipping industry. The views of the Golden Gate and the bay are beautiful. You can sit on the veranda and watch the swimmers, people watch as tourists walk by in their shorts towards foggy Fort Point, and enjoy the sea lions swimming by. Great... More

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