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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

Address: 900 Beach Street, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Russian Hill)
Phone Number: 415-561-7100
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Ranked #79 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
55 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The National Park visitor Centre is more of a maritime museum with lots about the history of SF port than what they call the The Maritime Museum at the Boathouse Building which had a show about Whaling and not much else. I would forget the museum and just visit the visitor centre.

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London, United Kingdom
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173 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

There are a number of ships of varying age and size to visit, all with good signage explaining the history and usage of each vessel. You can just stroll along the quay to view the outside of the vessels, or pay a $5 fee per adult (children free) to board and explore the ships in more detail. There are also... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

An interesting free museum, but what is worth seeing is the building itself - the former Aquatic Park Bathhouse, a 1930's art deco building located at an area of beach, which has been well maintained and has fascinating murals and interiors from the era - more Miami than San Francisco. A pleasant surprise to find this here. There is a... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you have not purchased the National Parks Passport you should! It definitely makes traveling more fun! This was our first stop upon arriving in San Fran. The ranger was very knowledgeable. The museum is free and filled with lots of information. Stop on by and support the National Parks program!

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Dublin, Ireland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a gem, now nearly fully renovated. It has amazing murals and tiling, great architecture and fabulous views. When work is complete, it will house more articles from the maritime museum.I had a fascinating conversation with a staff member called Ruth who explained the history of the creation of the building and all that has happened to it. It... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Boat exhibits were very nice and the views from them were amazing! Workers were very nice and informative! A must see during visit to Fisherman's Warf.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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148 reviews 148 reviews
42 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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