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Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-234-9153
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Ranked #19 of 237 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Ships
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... more » 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! « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Pay the extra $5.00 for the bay tour. This is an excellent place to watch the sunset over the bay. The staff was accommodating and allowed us to return the next day for the bay tour. Great staff

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Weilerbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

parking can be a nightmare downtown ... make it easy on yourself and take the trolley. The Maritime Museum is at 1492 (think Columbus) N. Harbor Drive. Lots to see at the Museum: Star of India (great place to rent to hold ceremonies- retirements, weddings, business meetings, whatever), Berkeley Ferry, Russian submarine, pilot boat, USS California sailing ship, lots of... More

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Wentzville, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We were looking for the Midway and saw that this group of ships had a separate tour. There are the old style 'Master and Commander' type ships, plus an old ferry and a couple of submarines. There is a lot of walking and some climbing around in the submarines, but it was very interesting and educational.

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Palatine, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Too much! The ships have history and character. They are well maintained and are great examples of their era. The museum is within everyone's price range and should not be missed.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The price was VERY reasonable and close to the USS Midway (1/4mi) so we did both in one day. You get to walk around and learn about wooden ships from 150 years ago along side submarines, both Russian and U.S. and the ferry that actually transported people during the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. TIP: don't go in the... More

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Sydney
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Like my visit to the USS Midway, this museum is a must. You board sailing ships and submarines. The cost is only a few dollars, the location is unique and when can you get the chance to walk through a Russian submarine and the an American submarine. Allow hours.

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Glendale
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Visitors often hit the zoo and the beaches, but can miss one of the most interesting attractions in San Diego. They have at least five real vessels you can go through, all of them unique and interesting. Some people think it's just the most obvious--a sailing vessel, but there is much more, so take the time to do it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We didn't pay the $16 to go on the ships but did hang around the shipyard and took lots of beautiful photos! The ocean smells wonderful, the bay is beautiful and it's a lovely sight to see.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My favorite ship was the Star of India - beautiful fittings, cabins. And then for contrast the tiny Soviet submarine - I can't believe anyone could live for months in that tiny space. We also found The Berkeley ferry and HMS Surprise very interesting. We enjoyed the 45 minute bay cruise. In addition to seeing the city buildings and some... More

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We loved going on the ships especially the Surprise and the Russian sub. Very interesting and well presented. The museum is not large or extensive but very informative and nice to visit.

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