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San Diego Maritime Museum

Immerse yourself in San Diego’s Maritime History

One of San Diego’s Top Attractions

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to one of the world’s best collections of historic vessels and maritime exhibits.

With daily public tours, scenic bay cruises, and regular events like concerts and holiday boat parades, the Maritime Museum is one of San Diego’s top attractions, and a must-see on your California vacation.

Walk the decks of historic ships, explore a Soviet-era submarine, and take a self-guided museum tour to see all the highlights.


Maritime History From Sail to Steam

During your visit to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, you’ll see well-known sailing ships like the Star of India and HMS Surprise, as well as steam powered vessels like the ferry Berkeley and yacht Medea. Learn about the Star of India’s 21 journeys around the world, including the time she ran aground in Hawaii and got trapped in ice in Alaska. Hear the history of the steam yacht Medea; she was built in a record time of 51 days and served in two world wars!

Be sure to check out the museum’s many fascinating exhibits, including one on sea monster myths and legends and another that covers the growth and decline of the San Diego commercial fishing industry. Visiting and permanent exhibits are included with museum admission.

Now that you’ve discovered San Diego’s amazing maritime history, take your own on-the-water adventure with a Naval history bay tour, tall ship adventure, or historic bay cruises. Enjoy a unique perspective on San Diego as you learn more about the area’s maritime history.

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