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Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego

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See and visit historical sailing ships, steamboats and submarines at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and even sail on some of them. Established in 1948, this open-air museum hosts one of the largest collections of historical sea vessels in the United States. Take a self-guided tour through the ships and mind your head--it can be quite cramped inside. See the oldest ship in the world still able to sail--the 1863 Star of India, which used to sail the seas for up to a year at a time--and a 1,814 metric ton (2,000 ton) diesel-electric Soviet submarine, among others. Visit the archives and exhibits to learn more about that mystical connection that people and sea have always shared. Arrange to visit Maritime Museum of San Diego and other attractions in San Diego using our San Diego vacation trip planner.
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  • This museum is located on serval historical boats and gives you the chance to both learn information and explore the boats. It has a great selection of boats with interesting histories, including a fe...  more »
  • There are a variety of historic vessels tied up alongside. And there are parts that young children can enjoy with a mini pirate ship in e Star of India plus a full size pirate ship - that's what it wa...  more »
  • Come and see just how it used to be, and get a perspective on the technology, of the time. As a sailing enthusiast, and a student of nautical history, this attraction did not disappoint. Walk the deck...  more »
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  • So much fun! great views of the harbor and lots of great historical information offered. You get 7 vessels for cost of admission. No gimmicks or fancy stuff just a great day going through history. Star of India has 3 levels, a submarine you can walk through and a river boat were as far as we got. We visited end of March..lots of parking right in front early ...including disabled. Volunteers are always handy for questions. We live in San Diego and wish we'd visited sooner...sadly Anthony's Fish Grotto is closed would have been nice to eat close by. There is a small Claim Jumpers and a sandwich place across the street I was told. The cart outside the river boat used instant Country Time lemonade..my only disappointment of the day.
  • A place where imagination sets sail. The museum has something for all ages and interests. There is no "building," but the vessels are filled with world class art, historical pieces, and tales of their own. Pilot has daily cruises, the cheapest on the bay, Swift goes out on weekend tours, Californian and San Salvador do weekend sails. This is honestly, the coolest place in town and, best of all, it's affordable.
  • Great Place to visit. The price is more than fair. Would have been nice if there was guides on the larger ships at least. Other than that it was a very fun place. If I am ever in San Diego again i will defiantly be going again!
  • You get access to like 10 craft, including a Soviet sub, in which they've recreated a gentle version of the tense situation that sub had experienced. The ships have not only exhibits about the vessels themselves, but details about their specific uses through their seaworthiness, and journals and biographies of passengers and crew. Educational and fascinating.
  • For me not being very interested in boats and nautical stuff I still had a good time and liked visiting the different boats and learning about their history. We booked a sailing tour on the California which turned out to be informative and entertaining at the same time. We got to participate in the raising of the sails. Staff, although mostly volunteers , professional, friendly and dedicated. Reasonably priced!