San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNational ParksEducational sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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KWT-traveler
Huntley, MT228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Visitors Center is a must see! Excellent displays and information regarding the maritime history that shaped the history of San Francisco. The exhibits are amazing. Across that street the pier and ships are neat to see but they were all closed during our visit. The maritime museum had great murals but very little else to see. So bottom line see the free visitors center, pay for the ship tours if open and skip the maritime museum or plan on a very short visit for the murals.
Written November 26, 2022
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J David
Virginia Beach, VA1,629 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
I wish this review had more substance because there is much to explore. However, the exterior exhibits were closed. This review is for the visitors center only.

Located by the trolly stop off the main drag off the Wharf. The exhibit is housed in a 1908 historic brick cannery warehouse. Signage is excellent. No Admission fee, however donations are accepted. Throw them a few bucks it's worth it.

The museum is ran by the National Park Service. Not surprising the focus is about San Francisco's maritime history. The centers exhibits walk guest through six interactive historical waterfront neighborhoods. The most stark is the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of the city and killed 3000.

I found the stories of voyage, discovery and and cultural diversity compelling. Visitors of all ages will find the exhibits very educational about the beginnings of the city. A First Order Fresnel lighthouse lens is a centerpiece, it's huge and cool to see up close.

Check them out and allow time for the interactive exhibits in visitors center. as well as the ships which you can board.
Written April 4, 2020
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Tommy599
Two Rivers, WI861 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We then went down to the Hyde Street pier to the San Francisco Maritime Museum. This is a national park run facility, so we all got in free by showing our park lifetime senior pass we had purchased several years ago for $10 (cost now is $80).
There are six historical ships floating in the museum area you are free to visit, but this grouping of ships and features is nothing like what we had seen in the privately run park at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. Bottom line (TOM’s Personal opinion) = if you have to pay to get into this S.F. Maritime Museum (as of today there is LOTS of SLOW restoration work going on most of the vessels), suggest skipping a visit to this park, unless you are a hard core ship guy like me.
Written December 29, 2022
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Patricia A
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We were on a road trip so bought our America the Beautiful National Parks Pass which is $80 and valid for a year. It meant that we could visit this and all the other National Parks on our trip and save a fortune in doing so. It was lovely to read the history of the boats and wander about without the crowds along the bay. A nice way to spend an hour or so.
Written June 19, 2022
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
My wife and I love visiting locations within the National Park System and this is a very fun one to visit if you're near Fisherman's Wharf. There's six ships to visit on Hyde St Pier and it's $15/person to tour the ships (free if you have the America the Beautiful pass). We really enjoyed touring these historic ships and learning more about the maritime history of the area. I'd recommend giving yourself 1-2 hours to tour the area and you could easily spend more time. It's a fun place to visit overall!
Written October 17, 2023
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Denise K
Woodridge, Illinois, United States523 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited 2 spots (the Museum and the visitors center). I wanted to collect passport stamps on my own circle stickers sold by NPS. They were not letting anyone use the stamp due to germs. Two different staff stamped my stickers. The first one stamped too hard so the stamp looked like a double. One stamp was half way off the sticker. The second person had the wrong date on the stamp and I didn't realize it until after we got home. I called to see if I can send 4 stickers to be restamped with the date we were there. I had done this with other National Park sites. I was told no, they cannot change the date. Very disappointed!!
Written February 9, 2020
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Edwelsh
North Canton, OH6,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
We found the most amazing part of this National Historical Park was that residents use the bay to swim laps. There were a number of people in the water swimming back and forth, it didn’t even look like they all had wet suits on. The water had to be absolutely freezing. Check it out.
Written August 22, 2021
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Roland J
Baltimore, MD43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This park was a hidden gem. We were walking near the wharf and suddenly realized there was a small national park right there. The information was very interesting, and I really enjoyed myself. One of our photos from this park actually made the top 10 in the "learning" category for NPS photos that year while I was doing my junior ranger. Worth a visit. (Also, I wanted to note that I visited here in July of 2014, but I just now started reviewing again.)
Written February 12, 2021
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STEVE H
Surrey, UK461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
I wanted to visit The USS Pampanito Submarine as my Grandfather and Father served on Royal Navy Submarines . I found this ship very interesting and the information given by the guide was very informative .
There are plenty of other historic ships to see here as well but my visit to this historic sub made my day ,My grandfather and Father would have loved it !.
Written July 19, 2018
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kttravel08
UK227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had no real plans for my long weekend in San Francisco and was actually heading for the cable car turnaround when I got distracted by the entrance to the Maritime Park. I ended up being in the park for over three hours and would probably have re-visited the following day had I been in SF any longer as you can visit over and again on your ticket for three days (I think three, maybe five).

The park consists of several boats and ships of many different times and types but all connected with the west coast. There were ships that came around the horn, a paddle tug that made it across the Atlantic under its own steam... fascinating stories.

The ticket is $5. An absolute bargain. For that $5 I went on three different vessels, had an hour long tour of the Baclatha, a tall ship, and listened to a volunteer playing and singing sea songs. I watched the Alma set out under full sail with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop, watched an interpretive film and saw at least two dozen classic cars on the ferry's car deck.

I saw so many people looking at the boats but not going on. I can only assume they were either broke, in which case fair enough, or had not realised how cheap it was to go on the boats. $5. Wow.

The park rangers were informative and friendly. Plenty for children. Apart from climbing about on boats they can also practice making knots or run about on the tiny beach section.

Both informative and fun, highly recommended.
Written July 7, 2008
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