In addition to visiting the historic vessels on display at Hyde Pier (US$5 to enter and explore four vessels there) you can visit the actual museum (free) just across the street on Jefferson, next to the Argonaut Hotel.
This museum is a quick stop, offering general information and historical displays of the ships on display at Hyde Pier. You can also learn about the history of sea trade and its role in developing and shaping early San Francisco economy, community and society.
I must enjoyed the area in the back which discussed the treacherous time old captions had navigating their way into the San Francisco Bay area and the numerous ship wrecks that have resulted because of the climate and weather conditions here.
We recommend combining the Maritime Museum with a visit to Hyde Pier where historic vessels are docked, which can be entered and explored! Collectively, this is a very good experience for visitors to San Francisco.
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