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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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Description: Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history...
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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Excellent little museum for a brief visit to seafaring history.

This manageable little museum offers tours of historic boats from several eras, including Star of India and the Surprise (sailing ships) and submarines. The docents on the Star... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This manageable little museum offers tours of historic boats from several eras, including Star of India and the Surprise (sailing ships) and submarines. The docents on the Star were great sources of information and stories, and several of us got to make rope with a Star deckhand.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It was convenient to our hotel and I had a groupon. My young boys enjoyed viewing the various boats from different eras. It was not too busy, so we were able to view the museum at our own pace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

There is so much that each of these ships or boats could likely have been an attraction of their own. Great collection

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wow, so much to see. A chance to go way back in time learning about the early days of wooden boats to the invention of submarines. Touring each takes you to a new place in time. Imagining 77 men living on the Russian sub is almost impossible to believe. It's so small and claustrophobic. The exhibits are very well done... More 

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South Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was so filled with history! My boys loved seeing the ships. The biggest thrill was finding our way through an old Russian submarine! We are glad we paid for this museum. It really is a unique experience.

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Lugano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Interesting selection of ships, including sail boat and Russian submarine. Take advantage of staff explanation and ask them if you'd like some further details. Great spot for photos as well!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

next to brilliant bay , and midway museum it seems average , but if it was another location it will be more impressive , unlucky museum.

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Florence, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Be prepared to spend hours touring the Maritime Museum but it is worth the time. This is a must "see" while visiting San Diego.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has a number of unusual ships, but the chance to take a tour of B-39, a former Soviet-era submarine was what I wanted to do. The submarine has acquired some unusual nicknames over the years, "Black Widow" and "Cobra" but these are believed to be fictitious. Like I guessed, it's tiny and cramped quarters,... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went here for a party and looked around the ship for an hour or so. Did a self guided tour and enjoyed the history.

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