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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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  • We have walked the Embarcadero Walkway many times over the years, but never took the tour before. We very much enjoyed touring each of the ships and experiencing history. Ongoing construction on the S...  more »
  • It passes through Messenger from old ships and U -. Is everything very nicely done. Worth a visit anyway.
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  • We are sailors so were drawn to the masted ships they had. However, there is much more here. We took the pilot boat tour and it was a fascinating history/cultural lesson despite some corny jokes - wel...  more »
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  • We took a bay cruise on the Californian Cutter, a Tall Sailing Ship hosted and staffed by volunteers from the Maritime Museum. It was a Blast! I helped host the sails ...but you don't have to. It was an experience I won't soon forget! The staff are all knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great day and I would gladly go again!
  • Great tourist stop, beautifully restored ships of various sizes to walk on and explore. Very thoughtful and well laid out museum, with interesting exhibits. The volunteers on staff were great and incredibly knowlegable. Within easy walking distance to Little Italy and the light rail.
  • An educational and immersive way to get a peak not just into maritime history, but into San Diego history as well. The museum boasts both a US and a Russian submarine, as well as the Star of India clipper ship, and several other boats that you can climb through and over. This is a great stop for kids.
  • Definitely worth the admission for what you get to see and the history you learn. Star of India had lots of construction going on which limited what we could see there. Maybe wait another 3-4wks?
  • Pretty close to the USS Midway carrier museum but we chose to drive because we had a five year old with us. We used the meter parking right in front of the ships but you can only put 2 hours of coins at a time. We had to get some change and go back to refill. The ships are pretty cool and give you a prospective of how people travelled not too long ago. The submarines are pretty cool also but be prepared to use steep stairs up and down and also crawl through holes on the Russian sub from each chamber. They have a testing loop before you go in so you can get an idea if you can fit thru it or not. Our 5 year old LOVED it, the staff was super friendly and I would definitely recommend it.