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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Address: 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-3309
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+1 619-234-9153
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission...

Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission to the "Maritime Museum of San Diego" grants you access to one of the world's finest collections of historic sea vessels. Once on board our museum ships, you will find that we offer something for people of all ages. You not only get to explore our ships and submarines, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on art, maritime history, commerce and exploration. We also offer guided tours and host family friendly events regularly. Historic bay cruises run daily and can be added on to the price of admission for an extra nominal fee. There is no better way to spend the day than on the bay!

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US$ 16.00*
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Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission
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US$ 89.00*
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry
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US$ 107.00*
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Maritime Museum

We went through 4 of the ships. The first was undergoing renovation and most areas were closed off. The others were very interesting. I don't get many chances to tour a submarine... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed touring the ships but felt the cost was too much for what there was to see. Especially compared to the Midway museum. Would have skipped it. We enjoyed the pirates!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went through 4 of the ships. The first was undergoing renovation and most areas were closed off. The others were very interesting. I don't get many chances to tour a submarine so it was an experience. Great for an afternoon on the harbor ,

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Santee, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to the Pirates Day's and had a blast. We will definitely be getting memberships! Loved the soviet submarine tour and the others view able from the Berkeley. The Star of India, Berkeley, Californian, and the HMS Surprise were all open. Unfortunately because of the time of the different events for Pirate's Day, we didn't get to see everything.... More 

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Thank Judi S
Bloomington, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although some of the ships were being worked on so you could only view the outside, the submarines were very interesting. If you don't like tight places, you may need to pass on this one. They were very interesting, as were the older sailing vessels.

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Thank Linda M
Naperville, IL
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was surprised at the variety of boats and ships at this museum. A single admission gives one access to the museum, which is a former steamboat, two submarines, two tall ships, and many other boats, etc. They have a Vietnam era Swift Boat, and for a small fee, they offer a very fun tour of the harbor in the... More 

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Merseyside, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was really interesting to be able to walk about, unescorted, on so many different types of boats/submarines. There was always someone available to answer any questions. We spent over two hours there and would have stayed longer if we didn't have another appointment. Highly recommended!

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Bountiful, Utah, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told not to worry about seeing this museum because it wasn't worth it, I completely disagree. The tour of the ships and the submarines was really interesting and the trip around the harbor in the pilot boat was well worth the $7 extra. The Star of India and the Russian submarine were my most favorite to tour and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good variety of ships. If you haven't been in a submarine this is your chance to see some older ones.

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La Jolla, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we spent almost 2.5 hours touring ships, we could easily have spent another 2.5 hours leisurely walking through these ships on our self- guided tour. The Star of India was my favorite ship because it really was a museum with many descriptions of how the British used it as a passenger ship, and the Alaskan salmon fishermen used it... More 

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Granite Bay, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my daughter said we were coming to this museum I expected an old building with lots of dry displays. Not so! This is more of a "collection" than a museum. True, there is a dry-docked ferry with lots of models of ships from many eras, but the most fun for me was wandering among the various ships at dock.... More 

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