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Mare Island Museum

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Address: 8th Street & Railroad Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592
Phone Number: 707 557 1538
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mare Island was the first Naval Base on the West Coast,opening in 1854....

Mare Island was the first Naval Base on the West Coast,opening in 1854. Beatiful Historic properties with National Landmark Status. Museum building opened in 1855. 2-Mansions in 1900, and 1901 Chapel with the most Tiffany Stained Glass in the West. Properties available for Tours, Weddings,and many types of special events, such as Memorials, Funerals & Concerts.The properties are managed by the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation. (A non-profit established in 1995)

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Go and learn some history

Not like most museums. Not stuffy, shiny or clean. It's old like the base itself. Filled with many artifacts. Went there eith my 16 yr old son on a weekend. We were the only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ken B
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Vallejo, California
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Vallejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not like most museums. Not stuffy, shiny or clean. It's old like the base itself. Filled with many artifacts. Went there eith my 16 yr old son on a weekend. We were the only customers there. The volunteer on hand, an old marine in a wheelchair with an amputated leg. Was part of history himself. Since we were the only... More 

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much more to see and experience than we had anticipated. Great history. A volunteer/worker, Omar, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Great staff through-out. Facilities were more than expected as well. Worth your consideration.

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Bay Area, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The museum and attending tour is super. There is much history here and much of it is a surprise.Don't miss St. Peters Chapel with it's Tiffany windows. The museum is run be a staff of charming, knowledgeable volunteers. The tour is enlightening, extremely informative and very much worth the time and $10. GO.

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Lodi, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

I was stationed at the Naval Training Center at Mare Island 1969-1970. The shipyard was considered off limits to us at that time so I was intrigued to learn that there was a museum. If you are into naval history this is a must stop. I expected a small place with a bunch of pictures hanging on the wall and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

From the Shipyard's early days to the end of the Cold War and it's closure, a fantastic collection of artifacts with informative plaques and displays, including a recreation of a Nuclear Submarine's control room..only problem was the lack of docents, many were busy with the exhibits.. and all appear to be volunteers..

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I was very surprised with this museum. I thought it was going to be a little tiny museum but found it was bigger than I though. I thought we would be there for 1/2 hour or so and we were there for more than an hour and a half looking at all the displays. They also have some large boats... More 

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Vallejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is pretty laid back, but very interesting. Lots of pics, lots of tools, impressive display of machinery too.

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Thank Phil L
Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

When I moved to California 15 years ago, I became a Docent at Mare Island. Historic buildings, oldest wooden Chapel on the West Coast; old cemetery with graves of historical figures and today... many special events organized by Myrna Hayes: Fly Way Festival (welcoming back the birds to our area around Feb lst weekend); walking tours, during holidays; memorializing the... More 

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Vallejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

As an ex swab-jockey, I am always interested in visiting Naval Museums. If you are ex-navy or have interests in Naval Memorabilia, then the Vallejo Museum will be very informative on it's contribution to Naval History. Also if you get the chance, be sure to travel throughout Mare Island itself. As an ex-sub shipyard and training facility, most of the... More 

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Vallejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The museum is located in the first brick building built on the shipyard. It was built in 1854. The museum has the control room and periscope from the Nuclear Submarine Vallejo, the cities name sake. The museum has thousands of items from the days of the shipyard.

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