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“Must see these ships up close and personal”

Maritime Museum of San Diego
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Ranked #28 of 452 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission to the "Maritime Museum of San Diego" grants you access to one of the world's finest collections of historic sea vessels. Once on board our museum ships, you will find that we offer something for people of all ages. You not only get to explore our ships and submarines, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on art, maritime history, commerce and exploration. We also offer guided tours and host family friendly events regularly. Historic bay cruises run daily and can be added on to the price of admission for an extra nominal fee. There is no better way to spend the day than on the bay!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our favorite part of this visit was walking (and climbing) around onboard the ships and SUBMARINES! Incredible!

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Every time we are in San Diego we visit the Maritime Museum. It is good for families, couples, dates, and school trips. My son was 2 when we first visited, now he is 7, and he will tell me stories of the boats. It is educational and very interesting. If you have visited in the past check it out again... you may be surprised as the boats change sometimes.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

If you love the sea and appreciate the maritime heritage of San Diego, then put on your sea legs and climb aboard the dozen or so ships that make up this excellent attraction.

Located on the waterfront (where else) amid the low-flying aircraft approaching the nearby airport, this fascinating museum is worth several hours.

First, there is the beautiful Star of India (1863), which spent her early years as a merchant ship hauling cotton during the Civil War. She exemplifies the Age of Sail and is accessible for all. (See Photos) Berthed next to her is the HMS Surprise, a replica of an 18th Century British frigate and the real star of the Russell Crowe film “Master and Commander.” Once aboard, there is usually a “crew” atop the masts giving everyone a good show. And, fortunately, unlike the film, there is no French ship trying to sink you. (See photos.)

The steam ferry Berkeley (pictures below) is vaguely familiar to anyone who has visited the San Francisco Maritime Museum, where her sister Eureka is on display. Built in 1898, she represents the elegance of the Victorian Era with her polished decks and beautiful art-glass windows. This ship was on hand during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 when she aided in evacuating survivors across the bay to Oakland. There are several exhibits to be found aboard.

Another interesting ship is the Soviet Foxtrot class submarine B-39, a barnacle-encrusted relic from the Cold War. Built in 1974, she stealthily prowled the seas for months at a time. How ironic that her current berth is across the harbor from many of the US Navy ships she once hunted. Fatties be warned: a tour will require a good deal of squeezing and squirming through very narrow spaces and very tight hatches.

A great day was had by all. Ahoy!

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The maritime museum consists of several different types of ships and submarines which my 12 year old son and I had lots of fun exploring. We found that there were plenty of guides around to answer any questions and learned a lot about the history of these sea-going vessels. Definitely worthwhile !

Thank Mariska W
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

this was actually pretty cool.
were a young couple and though we could kill some time.
and it turned out to be a good expierence.
all the ship are in water so you would sway here and there.
but i loved it.

Thank trvlchick90
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