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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Address: 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +1 619-234-9153
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Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission...

Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission to the "Maritime Museum of San Diego" grants you access to one of the world's finest collections of historic sea vessels. Once on board our museum ships, you will find that we offer something for people of all ages. You not only get to explore our ships and submarines, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on art, maritime history, commerce and exploration. We also offer guided tours and host family friendly events regularly. Historic bay cruises run daily and can be added on to the price of admission for an extra nominal fee. There is no better way to spend the day than on the bay!

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What a collection of Vessels from the Last Iron Sailing Vessel (cica 1863) to a Russian Submarine

As I have always been interested in the Sea & the vessels that sailed on or under it. This visit pressed all the buttons. The Fleet is maintained by volunteers who have dedicated... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Anthony P
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As I have always been interested in the Sea & the vessels that sailed on or under it. This visit pressed all the buttons. The Fleet is maintained by volunteers who have dedicated themselves to preserving the past. The Star of India the 1863 Iron sailing vessel was an eye opener & she is the last one of her kind.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On a warm Saturday in February this is a great way to both have a good walk and enjoy a wide variety of ships on display from different ages. Of course to actually board the ships and explore them up close would be better - but lack of time plus having a baby in a stroller meant this was not... More 

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Seattle
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great museum featuring ships from a replica 16th century Spanish ship to the ship used in Master and Commander, a yacht from the early 20th century and a navel research submarine. Most of the ships and boats can be boarded and explored unless under maintenance. (I didn't get to go into the Russian B-39 sub for that reason). Add... More 

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St Joseph Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are allowed to board actual ships, A Russian Submarine( closed during our visit) USS Dolphin, American Submarine, Sailing ships, the main museum is an actual Steamship from the early 1900's I believe, shows the luxury and beauty of the day. Wonderful display of the history of Maritime ties to the San Diego area from the 1500's through the ties... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The display of ships is larger than we expected and very enjoyable to wonder through the ships to learn about early travels on the sea. There were docents available which was a surprise and a great way to learn more about the ships.

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Anoka, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved seeing all the different boats but really looked forward to getting inside the Russian sub. Unfortunately it was closed due to a dock problem. Oh well- the Dolphin (American Sub) was open and we enjoyed going on it. One good thing about this attraction- your admission is good for all day so you can go see other things... More 

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Norwood,MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised that they have the HMS Surprise (from master and Commander, the movie) here and that was wonderful to tour. The Star of India was very large and interesting, as were the exhibits on the beautiful paddle wheel steamer. The submarine was unique and interesting as well. Unfortunately we were unable to go on board the Soviet submarine... More 

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Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to San Diego, a lot. I'm in the navy and very much into all things nautical. This may be my favorite museum, if one considers it as such. The Star of India is simply beautiful. As are the other sail boats. The real sights here though are the AGSS Dolphin, the deepest diving diesel submarine ever; and the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spent 3 hours there but could have spent 6. Well curated and seemingly done with a real love for the subject matter. It was great to board and explore the historic ships, and the museum exhibits were compelling. On the down side, there were several parts and ships that were closed for work, including the Russian sub. Also, the... More 

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hitchin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're a fan of nautical history, this place is for you. I'm not so I was bored! Good for kids though.

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