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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 your visit to Maritime Museum of San Diego and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Diego using our San Diego travel route tool.
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  • The museum features some interesting exhibits, especially if you're into sailing. The submarine was interesting to walk through. However, the collection of ships in the harbor felt somewhat random... 
    The museum features some interesting exhibits, especially if you're into sailing. The submarine was interesting to walk through. However, the collection of ships in the harbor felt somewhat random...  more »
  • Good signage for explaining each ship. We were able to board a couple ships and the sub! There were many ship models with details about where and when it was sailed. It's next to the Midway and is....  more
    Good signage for explaining each ship. We were able to board a couple ships and the sub! There were many ship models with details about where and when it was sailed. It's next to the Midway and is....  more »
  • Visiting from an historic waterfront community, we weren't sure we would get much out of the Maritime Museum, but boy were we wrong. We spent about two hours and wished for two more. Each vessel... 
    Visiting from an historic waterfront community, we weren't sure we would get much out of the Maritime Museum, but boy were we wrong. We spent about two hours and wished for two more. Each vessel...  more »
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  • Very cool place. You could spend 4 or 5 hours there. Definitely get a boat tour. Check ahead to see if the gift shop is open. It was closed when we were there. Parking can be tough, but it's San Diego, so be patient. The museum is mostly on the ferry and the other boats you are free to explore. Well worth it if you're in the area.
  • So many amazing ships to explore. I had such a wonderful time, the workers are all so nice, and all of the vessels are taken very good care of. If you're visiting, or just never been and want to see some really cool things definitely go.
  • You must go and pay extra for the Swift boat tour. It's great for families and the elderly. The tours would be harder for a elderly person to get on and off the boats but not the Swift boat tour. Park at the USS Midway. It's a small walk but not bad considering the price for parking is better with a 12 hour time limit. My 2 teenage boys love it.
  • We had a lovely time! I wanted to see the Star of India, and the Surprise (Master and Commander, Pirates of the Caribbean) was a nice bonus. We didn't see Russell Crowe, though. It was so fun seeing these ships in real life. The Star of India is amazing! It's huge! I can't wait to revisit this lovely museum.
  • Very interesting to see the different ships through different time periods. It was fun to go in ships and the submarine. Can see layout being confusing for some. Most ships are well preserved, one was dry docked. Lots of parking out front that is pay per spot. ( We parked at Midway hit that in am and walked here) hint if you buy online Midway tickets you save $5 a person at Maritime museum admission.

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