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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 (Russian Hill)
415-561-7100
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Ranked #69 of 377 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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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
70 helpful votes 70 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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19 helpful votes 19 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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195 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
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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