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Maritime Museum of San Diego in San Diego, CA

1492 North Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

One of the finest collections of historic ships across the globe, Maritime Museum of San Diego offers exceptional exhibits, daily public tours, cultural events, educational programs and more for the whole family to enjoy. The museum is located on the North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego and is also home to the world’s oldest active ship—Star of India.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Parking fees apply.
  • Self-guided tour.
  • Tour duration: approx. 2 hours.
  • Home to the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India.

Description

from Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship the Star of India.

The Museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce and exploration and stages popular public events such as “The Chocolate Festival”, “Pirate Buccaneer Birthday Bash”, “Festival of Sail each Labor Day weekend”, and family sleepovers on the Star of India.

The MacMullen Library and Research Archives is a resource for members as well as scholars and researchers from around the world. Along with our peer-reviewed quarterly, Mains'l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History, they encourage and enhance the study of maritime history.

Founded in 1948, the museum grew out of the earlier efforts of a group of local historians and maritime enthusiasts who acquired the sailing ship Star of India in 1927. Now fully restored, the Star of India is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsmen and sailed at least once a year.

The museum’s collection also includes the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot, the state’s official tall ship Californian -a replica of a mid 19th century revenue cutter, and the H.M.S Surprise, a magnificent replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate featured in the award-winning film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

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James B
California
"An amazing spot for adults, kids and families"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2017 NEW
We have a Company membership with this Museum. Thus, visiting there frequently. The location, permanent displays and visiting ships are so unique that I've never seen anything like this before. A Colombian Navy Cadet training schooner was anchored here in June: magnificent. A locally built replica of the original Cabrillo ship from 1540 takes Museum members on cruises. Many regular activities for kids. OUTSTANDING!
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128casper
Calgary, Canada
"Very nice if you like old ships!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2017 NEW
I really enjoyed the Star of India. The Russian sub was also interesting but be aware it is difficult getting around in there!
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Heidbummer
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
"Hard a larboard!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2017 NEW
Great selection of ships and submarines, from Master and Commander's leading lady, to a Russian Sub. Lots of good information.
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Oren W
Beersheba, Israel
"Alot is unaccessible"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017 NEW
Part of the ships are closed or under renovation. Overall some great submarines and ships to see. Around two hours tour.
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Christopher V
"Great Museum, Great Price, Great Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2017 NEW
We had a great time exploring the old ships. It was very informative, interesting, scenic, and a great variety of shops.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Museum of San Diego

What are the hours of operation?
Summer hours for the museum are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. After Labor Day, hours of operation are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Hours of operation are subject to change and may vary with special events.

Is museum parking available onsite? 
No. However, there are multiple parking spaces and lots located around the museum:

Metered Port Parking Spaces:
The lot directly in front of the Maritime Museum has Port of San Diego metered spaces. They are enforced 10:00 am – 8:00 pm from Monday – Sunday and are good for up to 3 hours. Port does routinely check if a car has been parked for longer than 3 hours and will ticket. The 3-hour time limit applies to Sundays on Port parking. These spaces are not available during some special events and during Festival of Sail.

Day Lots:
There are also several day lots (pay to park) within a few blocks of the museum including:
County garage across the street holds about 257 cars, pricing varies $10~$20 per car.
The Midway lot is open to the public.
Take the trolley. Trolley stations have lots at El Cajon, Amaya, Grossmont, Qualcom, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley and Old Town.

Is the museum appropriate for all ages?
Yes.

What exhibits are at the museum?
While the museum does include traveling and rotating exhibits, exhibits include:

  • Swift Boats At War In Vietnam
  • Steering Small
  • Charting The Sea
  • Age of Sail
  • Age Of Steam
  • Harvesting The Ocean
  • San Diego's Navy
  • To The Brink Of War
  • And more