Go early so you have the ships and submarines to yourself. We were there when it opened on a Monday morning and basically we were alone until a few hours later when we were leaving. If you park in the lot by the museum, have enough quarters to plug the meter. I think it is $.25 for 20 minutes. We were there for almost 3 hours and one ship, the "Surprise" was closed for renovations. If that one had been open I am sure we would have spent close to 4 hours. We walked all over The Star of India first. It had been many years since I was on the ship and so much has been added. If you do not have an interest in these old ships you can get through rather quickly. The Russian sub was definitely worth crawling through. If you don't like tight spaces or feel claustrophobic, skip the sub. The American sub, USS Dolfin, much smaller and more high tech, was also worth a walk through. No crawling through tight spaces in the Dolfin. Our last stop was the Berkley, a Steam Ferry that houses beautiful artwork, a viewing area where you can watch men building model ships, and many other items of historical significance.
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