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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

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Address: 900 Beach Street, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-561-7100
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling...
Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.
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Actually we do know. This is must see, the narrative videos given, along with the restored artifacts make it a Top Must See, the working sailboat with its history. Ferry boat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Actually we do know. This is must see, the narrative videos given, along with the restored artifacts make it a Top Must See, the working sailboat with its history. Ferry boat with time of the era automobiles. History Buffs will love it.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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185 reviews 185 reviews
132 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you are looking for a beach with a nice view, this is the place to go. It is also right by Ghirardelli Square in case you want a nice dessert.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Just passed and went in as it was free. Sorry but there was little to see. The top floor was almost empty. I presume that it is a work in progress so check again in the future. There was an art exhibition and the building is fascinating.

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92 reviews 92 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It might be a seasonal attraction. WE enjoyed it despite The receptionist, when asked "What's here?", literally said: There's a representation of a sperm whale there (pointing), a small exhibit upstairs....I'm told, and something outside. We explored and liked it very much. The architecture is fun. Just being there (with no admission) is worth a stop.

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Santa Monica, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Am privileged to have been invited to event at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Never imagined it would be soooooo interesting as have never found ships to be fascinating. It's actually one of the most interesting museum I ever visited.Gives one deep understanding of multiple topics.

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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44 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Loved the maritime museum. Over ten boats to visit ant explore. Beautifully restored and maintained low entrance fee. Went back for second visit.

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Sacramento, California
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191 reviews 191 reviews
84 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It's been a while since I've seen the maritime museum with a full array of exhibits. The permanent custom house exhibit was a little dry, but the whaling exhibit was good. The restored murals are amazing. Great views of the aquatic park.

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
55 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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239 attraction reviews
395 helpful votes 395 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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43 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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