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USS Pampanito

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number:
+1 415-775-1943
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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USS Pampanito General Admission

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Great attraction we just happen upon

We didn't really know about this attraction. We were on the way to see the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, but mu husband wanted to see something that had seen action as more than a cargo... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Whitney L
Cedar City, Utah
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old navy ship that you can enter for $20,- a person.... Most of the boat is in an old state, more care could preserve it for a longer time.

Thank Mels W
Cedar City, Utah
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We didn't really know about this attraction. We were on the way to see the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, but mu husband wanted to see something that had seen action as more than a cargo ship. We paid twenty dollars and went on an audio tour of the submarine. It was very interesting and we really enjoyed it!

Thank Whitney L
Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being in the Navy myself, it was a must to visit the USS Pampanito and to honor all the brave man and woman who fought in WW2. Great self guided audio tour and very nice volunteers. Thank you for the military discount!!! :-)

Thank Valerie D
Invercargill, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very friendly staff and nice to see such a working piece of Machinery being preserved. Unfortunately no audio tour available which could have been helpful.

Thank scottie186
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a US WW2 era submarine and you follow an excellent self guided audio tour through the boat gaining access to all compartments along the way Having been in a couple of other subs in the UK this one is slightly larger than its UK equal and was great fun to explore and hear from the actual sailors who... More 

Thank Andrew R
Polegate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was good to finally get on a submarine and see just how cramped these things were in WW2. Very well kept exhibit and really gives you a good feel for how men lived on these things for months at a time in war conditions. Well worth the visit.

Thank Adrian N
Croy, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unbelievable to be inside a ww2 sub. After conquered fear that it might feel claustrophobic lol,,,,,it did not feel like it. It was interesting to see how every inch of room was utilised. So glad I visited it and it was worth the money as an attraction.

Thank Jacqueline p P
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to take a tour of this submarine as we had reciprocal free passes from our local museum. We have always wanted to tour a submarine. Not sure what we were thinking as we climbed down a steep stairway backwards, as we are not spring chickens. Pampanito's keel was laid down by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my third WW2 sub I have checked out now, so for me it is not going to be as exciting as it would be for someone who has never seen this kind of thing. I will say this was the widest thus far, as I am 6' and 240 where I was not cramped as in previous tours.... More 

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Everett, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have to do the Pampanito and then the AK ship' The Pomanito, the Submarine was 1st and takes a bit so did not get chance to visit the ship. So can just admire them also.

Thank Ken W

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