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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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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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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Great time and affordable

I brought my five year old son here and we both had a great time. Very reasonably priced and an amazing experience if you are at all interested in maritime history, or just seeing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I brought my five year old son here and we both had a great time. Very reasonably priced and an amazing experience if you are at all interested in maritime history, or just seeing some freaking awesome boats (and submarines).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a lifelong sailor of the oceans and the great lakes it was wonderful to tour the Star of India and the USSR Submarine. I was a bit disappointed the HMS Surprise (The Rose) was not open for tours. It is the most value for the $ that I have seen in a long time.

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Felton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good opportunity to go on board a variety of ships, mostly older ones. Well done with interesting write-ups all around. Nice location rite on Harbor drive. Good gift shop. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy nautical history.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Can't believe how much we learned about ships, ferrie, history of San Diego and sailing in general. something for all ages here. Plan to spend a good 2-3 hours here. We hadn't realized how comprehensive this museum was till we started to experience it.

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Oklahoma City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A lot about boats, loved the submarines. Though we didn't get to see two boats due to something going on with them.

Thank Teresa T
Anchorage ak
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We enjoyed walking through the ships on display. Our ride on the Californian was informative and relaxing

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a very short time to visit the ships incorporated in this Museum. You visit each one separately and it was starting to storm when we first got there. The first one we toured was Star of India, there is so much to read and explore, however, it was kind of creepy on that ship. But... More 

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No. California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Instead of walking thru a building you actually board each vessel. You get the feeling of having stepped back in time. It involves and intrigues each member of the family being able to experience the submarines, ferry boats and sailing ships. I whole heartedly urge any and all to experience this.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like ships, this is for you. There are many interesting sailing ships in the harbor, including the Star of India and the Carrier Midway and an old WW2 submarine. Along the boardwalk there are gift shops and street musicians. This is a nice relaxing place to hang out for a couple of hours.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a blast here on a brief trip to San Diego. I love maritime history so this was a really fun visit. The variety of ships was fun and there was a lot of of informative staff who were happy to point out a ship's facts and historical anecdotes. Can't wait to return when the San Salvador is ready!

Thank WaterJock

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