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Mare Island Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Surprisingly good museum and tour of first U.S. naval shipyard on the West Coast

Established in 1854 under the command of Commander David Farragut (before "Damn the torpedoes... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Columbus, Indiana
My dad served in Korea and his ship docked here for repairs

The museum is an American gem. Everyone can learn from this spot, so huge and filled with the past... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Santa Paula, CA
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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...more
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8th Street & Railroad Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592
+1 707-557-4646
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Established in 1854 under the command of Commander David Farragut (before "Damn the torpedoes..." made him immortal to every schoolboy), Mare Island Naval Shipyard provided the United States Navy with its first yard facilities in the Pacific. In the 19th century, sail and steam sloops...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is an American gem. Everyone can learn from this spot, so huge and filled with the past community lives of so many US heroes who served our country. Ladies, nurses, African-Americans, immigrants, soldiers and sailors are all pictured and listed here, and the...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2018

A must for any visitor to Mare Island. It provides the history all the way back to its founding in the 1800's.

Thank JohnF023
Reviewed August 24, 2018

This is a great Museum for all veterans. Along with the complete history of Mare Island when it was a naval ship yard. It cost $5.00 per person to get in there is no Veteran's discount. The Building is wheelchair accessible. There are areas that...More

Thank beyardoe
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Take the whole tour, docent-led from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. See the Commandant's House, the park, WW2 bunkers, and the shipways. Beautiful.

Thank 161bartonl
Reviewed March 25, 2018

Finally signed up for the tour of Mare Island after years of driving past it and was not disappointed. Our tour guide, Lou, was knowledgeable with American history and Mare Island History from 1854 to 1996. I didn't expect such complete accounting of events in...More

2  Thank Thelmadee
Reviewed May 29, 2017

This museum is located on the old Naval shipyard in Vallejo, CA. It has all sorts of WW II and older ship history. It's where the subs and Naval ships were actually built. The Navy abandoned the area some years ago so there are many...More

4  Thank Ed T
Reviewed May 1, 2017

So many things to see in this museum and they were mainly specific to Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Great place to visit and worth the $5 charge!

Thank Jane D
Reviewed April 13, 2017

The history of Mare Island is fascinating and this museum shows it off nicely. There are various exhibits on the workers, the ships the produced, and historical items. The favorite of me and my boys was the working periscope. Our only gripes are minor. It...More

2  Thank JohnFromSantaClara
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

Be prepared to not see museum if private party. We didn't even pay but didn't see anything. Better to drive around island

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Becky H
July 10, 2017|
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Response from Jane D | Reviewed this property |
If she was a welder during the war and lived in Vallejo (please note correct spelling of the town name), quite likely she worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. So many people worked at the shipyard, I'm not sure any... More
February 18, 2017|
Response from David W |
The Navy built and commissioned many ships at Mare Island. They were launched off of the "ways", the ramps sloping into the water near the museum.