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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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Address: 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
Phone Number: 415-447-5000
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Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the...

Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the Hyde Street Pier or tour the fine collections of maritime lore.

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And all for $10!

Excellent. Loved this place especially the Balaclutha. Really interesting visit and well worth $10. Spent ages here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Blackwood, Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent. Loved this place especially the Balaclutha. Really interesting visit and well worth $10. Spent ages here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I am from out of town and walked through this area today. It was interesting but not well laid out. I was very unsure of where I could go and what I could do in the area. The ships were very interesting though.

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St. Johns, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is really 2 attractions in 1. On one side of the street is a more traditional maritime museum with exhibits showing the history of the shipping and maritime business in San Francisco and how the wharf and embarcadero areas were build on what was originally more of a marsh or sound. This side of the museum is free (and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this fun maritime treasure while walking along the Fishermans Wharf area. You can tour large sailing ships and the visitors center is very informative. People of all ages will really enjoy this. If you are collecting National Park stamps this is one!!

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several parts to this site. First, there is the Visitor center which offers displays on the maritime history of San Francisco. Excellent, well worth a visit. Clean restrooms. No charge. Second, there are the historic ships including those in the Asian trade. There is a small fee to board these. Again, these are excellent and well worth a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can visit them all. Gorgeous. Impressive. Massive. And you also have a small beach to spend some time playing in from of them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is situated on Hyde Street Pier a short walk from Fishermans Wharf and right near the cable car terminal. At $10 per adult it is excellent value. On the day of my visit 3 ships were open to view: Balclutha, an 1886 built square rigged sailing ship, Eureka, an 1890 built San Francisco steam ferry and Hercules and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The quality of the exhibits is just outstanding and the park rangers are friendly and helpful. Being able to walk out towards the end of the pier is just awesome. Only two boats were open to tour when we went-bummer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good tour of old boats that were part of the San Francisco history. It was fun crawling around onboard these old ships.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know about the Park but wandered in to the museum across from the pier for a quick look around - we came out an hour or so later having learned a huge amount about the history of San Francisco. The displays are excellent and there's a good video show about SF. In total, from all our touristy activities... More 

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