San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles108 reviews
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Juan B
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Beautiful historical building dealing with San Francisco maritime history. The real attraction though is the beautiful and unique 1930’s WPA mural “Undersea Life” by Hilaire Hiler. In a city of so many murals, this is unlike any of them. It’s unique forms and colors just stand out. As an added extra go to the outside deck and check out Sargent Claude Johnson’s mosaic tile mural “Sea Forms” and Beniamino Bufano’s sculptures, very cool.
Written April 30, 2020
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David N
Brisbane, Australia1,759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visited the Maritime Museum after being captivated by the architecture of this art deco building. We were pleasantly surprised when we received a free tour from volunteer guide, Rick. He provided a wonderful overview and tour of the history and relevance of this facility. Very impressive visit and tour
Written May 15, 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
Interestingly, some of the best attractions along Fisherman's Wharf are free to enjoy, like the historic Hyde Pier and the San Francisco Maritime National

Historical Park Visitor Center, which is just across the street. We quite like this small, well-presented centre of San Francisco's maritime history. Some nice models of old sailing vessels are on display and now there is a new section open called 'Walk Along The Waterfront' which offers some recreated scenes from San Francisco's maritime past. This greatly helps history come to life and makes the Visitor Centre much more child and family friendly. In this regard, there is also a room dedicated to children found next to the large ship wreck display.

Further, there is always a ranger around to ask questions and the staff can give you some information about the historical vessels available for visit (US$5) right across the street at Hyde Pier. In the end, it’s a pleasant way to spend 20-30 minutes before walking across the street to visit Hyde Pier.

The museum is located on the corner of Hyde and Jefferson Streets, next to the Argonaut Hotel and the very good Blue Mermaid Restaurant (a rare good stop for chowder in the Wharf area). Also, just around the corner is where the famous SF Cable Car Wharf turn-around station is found.

Overall, combined with a visit to the historical Hyde Park just across the street, the Maritime National Historical Park Visitor Center is one of our favorite attractions along the Wharf. Those with an interest in maritime, historical or budget friendly attractions will probably enjoy this area of SF.
Written October 27, 2012
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The Brown Daredevil
Moreno Valley, CA367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Free admission, no free parking though unless you can find somewhere that you are comfortable with to leave all day. Quick walk and you're done. See it once though, there are some interesting stories about people who travel via sea in situations you'd think it is impossible.
Written December 19, 2019
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Claire H
Bidford-on-Avon, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
At this state run attraction you can walk along the pier and visit the museum for free, and pay $5 to board the boats. Your ticket is valid for 7 days, so if you don't have time to do all the boats in one go you can go back like we did. Really enjoyed going on the paddle boat and hearing about the history of cargo on the wooden sailing ship. Try and fit this in if you can.
Written November 3, 2013
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mini
Fremont, CA210,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We enjoyed seeing the maritime museum and its assortment of exhibits. We very much enjoyed our visit while visiting San Francisco.
Written August 17, 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA210,726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visitd the San Francisco Maritime Museum. There are a number of exhibits. It used to be a bth house. Admission is free.
Written December 23, 2019
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Candace K
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We enjoyed both the Aquatic Boathouse building and the exhibit in the Argonaut Hotel.
The self guided exhibits were very well done and gives you a great history of the waterways of San Francisco bay. It was wonderful in an expensive city to travel in that this is a free. ( you have to pay to tour the boats on the dock, but we did not do this).
Written December 20, 2019
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CoachRFM
Youngsville, NC174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The history of the building was more interesting than its contents. Nice location with views of the waterfront.
Written November 12, 2019
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TEntwistle
Philadelphia, PA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
They have the actual tiny boat that a man used to sail from Japan to San Fran, along with his story and artifacts. There are artifacts and the story of a ship that was converted into a hotel on the beach during the gold rush, which then burned to ground level during the great fire. There is an excellent exhibit on photography in the early days of San Francisco in relation to the shipping industry. I expected nothing, and left really happy we dropped in
Written August 20, 2019
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