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USS Pampanito

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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Expensive, but fascinating

As with everything in SF, this was expensive at $20 each, but it was informative and interesting. The audio tour is well put together and the boat well preserved, dont expect to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As with everything in SF, this was expensive at $20 each, but it was informative and interesting. The audio tour is well put together and the boat well preserved, dont expect to spend more than about half an hour but if youre into military or naval history its definitely worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I like WWII history, but this would be interesting to everyone. You really should visit. It gives you a great sense of the claustrophobia suffered by sailors. If you like WWII history you are fool to miss it.

Thank Ludgatecircus15
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As we walked around the piers we came across the Pampanito which is under restoration. There are in need to public funds to keep the project running as we took the short tour. There parts of the boat that we couldn't see but overall if you like large naval ships then spend the time and money to visit

Thank SimonSandra N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I got my tickets through the groupon site and downloaded the audio tour via pod cast. The submarine was fascinating with my preteens, very steep stairs to enter the submarine and need to be careful to not trip over the door thresholds as each compartment/room is contained. Spent 45 minutes here.

Thank trulyhavenly2
Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You will truly appreciate the sacrifices that sailors made back in WW2 being cramped into this tube! My level of respect for them grew even more after visiting this exhibit.

Thank WhiteCollarNomad44
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What an experience. Absolute respect to the guys that endured living on this ship in WW2. A sharp shock to the system to see how crowded and uncomfortable it was not to mention the danger they were in. One of the best experiences I've ever seen or been to.

Thank Sanyo12
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Def the highlight of Fisherman's Wharf, maybe of our entire CA road trip. This is a must tour-fair price, headphone-self guided tour. Sparse attendance on Thurs night so claustrophobics can breathe more easily. Authentic audiofiles from former sub sailors, their girlfriends, FDR, and Truman. Dramatic and really well done. A+.

Thank Teresa M
Oxford, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time to visit this attraction and reflect on what it might've been like to live and work in such a small place and under such danger during World War II. The recorded tour is one of the best I've ever experienced. You actually hear the voices of the men who were on the submarine. Especially good for children.... More 

Thank OxfordMom
Karratha, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well preserved piece of history that shows us what submariners endured during war time. In good condition and looking like she could go around one more time. Take the tour so you get a first hand idea of life under the water.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good visit to this historic and very well restored ship.Well organised and clearly indicated throughout the ship.

Thank Michael S

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