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“Good family diversion in the tourist zone”

San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.
Reviewed April 17, 2012

A more intelligent place to take visiting family if you're walking down in the Fisherman's Wharf area--it may seem dryer than the goofier attractions next door but is worth it--there is enough here to keep young kids as well as adults interested for a 30--60 min visit.

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We enjoyed the history. Our children, 4 and 8, liked the displays and the location.

Thank Rachelle K
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

We really enjoyed the San Francisco Maritime Museum. This Museum is part of the National Park Service. Part of the Museum is located in the Argonaut Hotel and another part is located on the Hyde Street Pier. There is a great deal of the Museum that is free. There are a number of vessels at the Hyde Street Pier that require an admission fee but it's very reasonable. Our entire family was admitted free with my parents golden age passport.

There are a number of folks that work at the Museum that are involved in Maritime model building and were happy to share their work with our kids. The boys really enjoyed seeing the modles they had built. One gentleman had a model that included a steam engine that ran. He showed them how it worked and then started it for them. It was very cool!

We are not big museum people but we really enjoyed a couple of hours at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. The National Park Service website for the museum can be found at http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm

1  Thank Mark B
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

In addition to visiting the historic vessels on display at Hyde Pier (US$5 to enter and explore four vessels there) you can visit the actual museum (free) just across the street on Jefferson, next to the Argonaut Hotel.

This museum is a quick stop, offering general information and historical displays of the ships on display at Hyde Pier. You can also learn about the history of sea trade and its role in developing and shaping early San Francisco economy, community and society.

I must enjoyed the area in the back which discussed the treacherous time old captions had navigating their way into the San Francisco Bay area and the numerous ship wrecks that have resulted because of the climate and weather conditions here.

We recommend combining the Maritime Museum with a visit to Hyde Pier where historic vessels are docked, which can be entered and explored! Collectively, this is a very good experience for visitors to San Francisco.

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Reviewed September 5, 2011

My husband and I really enjoyed this - seems like something kids would love too. You get to climb aboard a variety of ships and see their inner workings.

Thank KYMichelle
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