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“Great variety of ships to explore”

Maritime Museum of San Diego
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Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission
Ranked #17 of 434 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 young children, Activities for older children
Rockville, Maryland
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56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great variety of ships to explore”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a fun solo or family activity. The maritime museum has has 7 plus ships to wander through and explore. They make it fun by giving you a 'passport' to stamp as you enter every ship: 2 submarines, the HMS Surprise ( think Masters and Commanders, the Star of India and the Berkeley Ferry, just to name a few. It can take as long or as short a time as you want. There is lots of information and also ship models, so you can get very involved or just wander from ship to ship.

Visited January 2013
Thank ElizabethHS
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  • Arabic first
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English first
Daytona Beach, Florida
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139 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Interesting, but could be better”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I enjoyed walking through the ships that were part of the museum. Some of the ships were in good condition and labeled well with plenty of information. Some of the others were just sitting there, leaving you to figure out what you were looking at, and some were difficult to see and photograph, because of how they were docked. Seeing the interior of the Russian sub was cool, but very little has been restored or displayed in a museum fashion on most of these ships.

Note: Discount tickets are available at the Visitors Center for this and Hornblower Cruises. Unfortunately, due to construction the Center was hard to access.

Visited September 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“See if you can recognize the HMS Surprise from the movies she's been in!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

What a lovely set up. I went during the festival of sails and toured this facility and it's ships for free. Ships of all sorts wait on the water, model replicas inside the steamship (along with a cute but highly expensive gift shop). The volunteers are delightful. The submarines weren't quite as fantastic as the one in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, but worth checking out if you can't get to Chicago. Definitively check out the HMS Surprise and try to figure out what recent movies she's been in!

Visited September 2013
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West Covina, California
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Mariner's Paradise”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

For a nominal fee you can board the Star of India, Soviet Submarine B-39, and the HMS Surprise complete with a few privateers to answer all and any questions about their field of endeavor.

Visited October 2012
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Corona, California
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78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“San Diego Maritime Museum”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

I have always wanted to visit this attraction and it was everything I thought it would be. You can spend hours on the different vessels. The amount of information and history contained in these ships is incredible. Just picturing these ships on the high seas is fascinating. They do a great job of explaining what life was like on these ships. the two tall ships (one authentic, one from a movie) are so interesting. Those two are the highlight. The submarine is also very interesting.

The admission is well worth the price. There are no guides or recorded narration, but just wandering around these ships is a great treat if you have the least interest in this subject. they have done a great job.

Visited September 2013
Thank Glenn O
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