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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

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Address: 900 Beach St, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94109-1002
Phone Number:
+1 415-561-7100
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling...

Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.

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Great sea history and great vies

Although I am not a museum person, this was a very interesting (and free) place to visit. It is right by Ghiradelli Square, and well worth visiting. Great views from the walkway... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although I am not a museum person, this was a very interesting (and free) place to visit. It is right by Ghiradelli Square, and well worth visiting. Great views from the walkway too.

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San Fernando, Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

So close to pier 39, we took a look and were amazed at the history presented in this small museum. Highly recommended!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Nice building, not much inside. the only interesting piece was a part of an old ship they found buried in the city.

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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Under restoration but first floor done, beautiful, remarkable tile work, architectural art work. Free. Takes maybe 30-45mins, right on swimming beach. Very much worth walk over from Fisherman. Can't wait to see full restoration.

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The Maritime Museum was at the end of Fisherman’s Wharf and I spent a little bit of time there learning about the vast history of seafaring and fishing in San Francisco. The Art Deco style building was built originally as a bath house, before being taken by the Army in WWII, and subsequently donated to the city as a museum.... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is the place to see the maritime museum also known as the aquatic park bathhouse building. The entrance is free and see the early photos of fishermen and their lives in the early 19 ...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Interesting artifacts and pics in this free, quaint museum about 19th and early 20th century mast ships. The upstairs area is being renovated but the additional photo exhibit outside the back to the left is very interesting and a highlight. Good way to spend an hour.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We popped in here briefly - more by accident really. But what a lucky find. The museum had an excellent exhibition of early photos of ships, fishermen and people's lives from about 1850-1910. A free exhibition and very interesting. It won't take more than half an hour to go round but I recommend it.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

I had thought this place was bigger, with lots of maritime items to look at. But instead, it was one room, and an area with maritime art. I guess you can not expect much for free.

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Sorrento, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Was an amazing day with families, walking along the Fishermann's Wharf towards the Cannery. This area of San Francisco was so romantic! The beautiful view of Alcatraz and Golden Gate, that day so windy! The museum is a good size for two hours tour,(compared with the museum in San Diego) and really interesting walking nearby, with good choice of restaurant... More 

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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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