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Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-9153
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Ranked #22 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Specialty Museums, Ships
Traveler Description: The Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to the world's oldest sailing vessel that still sails - "The Star of India". This beautiful square rigger... more »
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Loved touring the ships....Soviet sub interesting but sort of creepy in a haunted sort of way. The history was fascinating! We really enjoyed it!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

What you see from land looks fairly simple until you walk in and find there are 11 different sea-going vessels from submarines to dainty yacht to tall ships. You actually walk directly onto a steam driven river boat which contains the maritime museum. The real treat is being able to actually explore most of the boats- such fun to compare... More

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Keller, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

While in San Diego, my hotel was across the street from the the Maritime museum, this is one neat piece of history and all docked right there in San Diego! I enjoyed taking my family thrust the old sailing vessels,from the Star of India,to the US Navy's USS Dolphin a former sub,and even a Russian submarine. Please wear smart shoes,... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This museum consists of a few boats that you can tour at your own pace. We only stayed about an hour and got to the hi-lites. My favorite was the Russian sub. The replica pirate ship was closed for maintenance but we could still see a lot of it from the pier. Parking is close and convenient, but bring a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

We visited the museum on a beautiful day in March. The Star of India, as the ship Euterpe, brought our ancestors to New Zealand, and it felt significant to spend time imagining their 6 month voyage. We sailed for 4 Hours on the Californian, in perfect 10 knot winds. This was a spectacular experience as we helped hoist the sails... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We took our boys down to San Diego the weekend of February 16-17, 2014 to see the Maritime Museum and the USS Midway. The Maritime Museum has a lot to see, from seaworthy sailing ships to an old cold-war Soviet submarine. My younger son wanted to see the two submarines - the USS Dolphin and the Soviet Foxtrox-class submarine. We... More

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Topsfield, Massachusetts
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Take a sail on Dennis Connors Stars & Stripes. The America for a whale watch, check out the other vessels that don't go out anymore and the replica San Salvadore (Cabrillo's ship) under construction

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Trumansburg, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Here are ships and boats from multiple era, You can envission a long ocean voyage on The Star of India, or think about being depth charged on a Russian Sub ( If you can't climb through a 3 foot hole, don't go). Think about cruising on a luxury yacht or racing to win the America's cup on either of two... More

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Calgary, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

It was amazing to walk through all the different historic ships from the tall ships to submarines to ferry boats and get the feel of what the crew and passengers experienced in their day. The Star of India is the oldest active merchant sailing ship in the world and we were told it still goes out sailing on an annual... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My 6yo daughter and I hopped off the trolley tour because this museum looked pretty cool. We really liked wandering through the different levels of the trade vessel and the Russian submarine was shocking compared to the American sub. I was disappointed that 3 of the other boats were closed which is why I'm only giving it 4 stars. But... More

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