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Maritime Museum of San Diego

Address: 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +1 619-234-9153
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Ranked #27 of 499 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Ships, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Specialty museums, Ships, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Shelton, Washington
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Has at least 3 great old sailing ships to go in and out of, one Russian submarine, one US submarine, more sailing ships, and the old Berkley Ferry. Lots to see and do!!!!!!!

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

For the price of admission, there is a LOT to see. Unless you're really boat-crazy, I recommend that you choose just a few vessels rather than trying to see all of them. I visited the Star of India, the Russian submarine, and the Berkeley. They were all quite interesting, although I felt like the Berkeley could have used more labeling... More 

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LITTLE ROCK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This museum is very good in that it has boats of various kinds (including two submarines) that one can enter and look around in. The harbor tour, which adds $10 to the ticket price is well worth it. Compared to other maritime museums, this one is rather small and shows a selection of ships rather than a true maritime history.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I live in San Diego and I always recommend the Maritime Museum to friends and family when they visit and I have visited a number of times myself. It is actually several historic ships including the Star of India and the ship used in the movie the Master and Commander. They involve children in helping to raise the sails and... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lots to see, from the Star of India to a Russian submarine and more. The cost of admission includes touring all the ships plus admission to the Museum itself, which contains many models of sailing ships, as well as newer battleships. Take a cruise of the San Diego Bay if you have the time. It will take you past Naval... More 

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Purmerend, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visit the clipper Star of India, a Kilo class Russian sub, stand At the helm of the frigate which was used in the film Master & Commander, and get on board of a Vietnam fast patrolboat for a fascinating Tour around the Harbour . Great. Museum for young and old Alice.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We went to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and it was excellent. They have different kinds of boats from sailboats to submarines and from young to old. They have a gift shop and food for sale. The museum is ranked third out of maritime museums in the whole world.

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Southaven, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

please take the bay tour at the museum as it only cost a few dollars and it's worth the money...the sub is a tight fit inside but we loved it

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Seattle
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This on-the-water collection of boats, ships and submarines is a must see at the harbor. It's so chock full of information and interpretive exhibits, you might want to look over the map and pick 2-3 favorites, especially on a busy day. Knowledgeable and engaging docent volunteers really brought stories to life. On a not-too-busy afternoon, we meandered and lingered easily... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Came with my son on a Sunday. I'm a former submariner, so I enjoyed telling sea stories while touring the submarines, but the Star of India, the other ships, and the museum in The Berkeley were magnificent and well worth the price of admission. By far the best part for me, though, was the Swift Boat tour of the harbor.... More 

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