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Maritime Museum of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego

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1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-9153
https://sdmaritime.org/
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Among one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the US, you’ll find boats with long histories; like The Star of India (1863), the world’s oldest active sailing vessel. You’ll also find ... Read more
ships with Hollywood credits, like the HMS Surprise, which had a starring role in the Russell Crowe flick, Master and Commander: Far Side of the World. In addition to at least eight other vessels, exhibits include permanent exhibits on the Age of Steam and the Age of Sail, a look into charting the oceans, and the history of San Diego’s naval involvement. Temporary exhibits are featured as well. To see what is currently showing, check the museum website.

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Cambridge

An inexpensive trip through maritime history from sail to steam and submarine.

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Kissimmee, Florida, USA

If you love ships and/or history, the maritime museum is a great place to go. Tour ships From many eras, including a Russian submarine!

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Local from Carlsbad, California

A Russian sub, the galleon that was used in Master and Commander, tall-masted ships of a bygone era- what's there not to like?

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Santa Monica, California

On the bay you will find The Berkley, the Star of India and the Maritime Museum. All worth your time. It's fun to tour the tall ship and see all the paddle wheel steamship Berkley has to offer as the Maritime museum. Across the street is the City Hall with a great play area out side.

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Big Lake, Minnesota, USA

Just visited the Maritime Museum! Incredible ships/boats. My favorite was touring the different submarines available to your. This picture is from a pirate ship open to be toured that has been used in some movies! Overall an incredible experience.

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See not just the Star of India, but a former Russian submarine and the ship Surprise, used in the movie Master and Commander

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Local from San Diego, California, USA

Visiting all of the different ships is a great experience. There are dozens of helpful, knowledgeable volunteers eager to answer questions about the different vessels. The $5 additional harbor cruise on the pilot boat is well worth the added cost, and the best kept secret in San Diego.

We went for the annual Chocolate Festival, and that was only so-so: very crowded and poorly organized, long lines and limited tastings. For an event you pay for tastings should be available at each vendor, and not so stingy.

The Maritime Museum itself is wonderful. I highly recommend!

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Local from Escondido, California, USA

Several ships make up the Maritime Museum. HMS surprise, San Salvador, starve India, the steam ferry Berkeley, USS dolphin, a Russian submarine in the America. What a great opportunity to get on board the ship's and to actually walk through a Russian sub.

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Terrific, with a paddle wheeler, several sailing ships, the first iron-hulled ship, two submarines and the star attraction, the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier, where you can take a fascinating self-guided tour.

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Local from San Diego, California

A great museum on the San Diego waterfront which includes admissions to 8 ships and submarines. Took my nephews and they especially loved climbing through the submarines.

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Redwood City, California, USA

Great attraction for history buffs! The location is obviously on the water, near fabulous seaport village and other floating museums.

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Dallas, Texas

If you like boats and submarines, do this museum. The museum is actually a collection of 8 or so real, historical ships and submarines situation on San Diego bay. When you buy a ticket you get access to them all...and discounts on there regular Harbor Cruise type outings which are short and fun.
I most especially enjoy the two submarines they have there as you can enter them both and kind of "look around" and not feel like you are simply viewing a piece of history, but get to be apart of it. Remember that some of the spaces are tight. If you're not physically fit enough to slide thru some round holes, then don't board the Russian sub.
Also, if you're doing the whale-watching tour on the America sailboat, their fee comes with a free admission to the Maritime Museum.

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San Luis Obispo

Take a walk down the sun-drenched waterfront in San Diego, and this floating collection of historic ships will no doubt capture your attention (or at least your digital camera lens). Start aboard the Star of India, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest ship in existence that's still seaworthy. Next door is the antique ship featured in the flick Master and Commander. Then step aboard a Russian or US submarine, squeezing through tiny passageways and peering into the engine and sonar rooms. Wind up your exploration on board the beautifully restored ferry, the 2nd floor of which is usually empty, letting you sit for a spell and enjoy both the views and the ocean breezes. Tip: Spending an extra $3 on top of your regular admission ticket buys you a short harbor cruise, too.

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I never tire of this museum, they have about 10 vessels there to tour and learn maritime history.

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Local from Encinitas, California

Enjoyed the Festival of Sail over Labor Day weekend. Very cool place to see 19 ships/boats and 2 subs. Planning ongoing out on one of the bay tours on a tall ship.

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Local from San Diego, California

Maritime Museum,, on the water is a floating museum love the old artifacts admission price... varies Historic Bay Cruises...Bring some sunscreen........

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Another great place to visit especially if you are an" OLD SALT " Like me, this is another great place to learn about the grandeur of the old sailing days. A must see if you love boats and the history of ships

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Livingston, Montana
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Sea travel has come a long way since the last 2 centuries. come here and see just how far!

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Local from Del Mar, California

Plus the Midway ship is down the street for touring!

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A GREAT EXPERIENCE

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