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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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Preston, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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31 helpful votes 31 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
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35 helpful votes 35 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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99 helpful votes 99 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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84 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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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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210 attraction reviews
361 helpful votes 361 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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28 helpful votes 28 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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57 reviews 57 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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13 helpful votes 13 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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