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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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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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Great if interested in ships, commerce and trade, OR US history.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
44 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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185 reviews 185 reviews
81 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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303 reviews 303 reviews
199 attraction reviews
340 helpful votes 340 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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39 reviews 39 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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