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 your visit to Maritime Museum of San Diego and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Diego using our San Diego travel route tool .
Maritime Museum of San Diego Reviews
I can’t say enough about this great museum! My husband and I recently planned a visit on a Saturday prior to our cruise leaving from San Diego. It was a great decision. We spent most of the day tourin... more »
This was a very cool trip through maritime history from a Spanish Galleon to a Russian Submarine. If you like to see how it was to “live” on these ships than be sure to stop by for a visit. more »
My husband & I had the best time walking these ships! It's like stepping into another time period. The oldest one is from 1863! It was just incredible. Well worth an evening activity. We spent about 2-3 hours and, then headed off to dinner. It went by fast! Definitely recommend this Museum.
Everyone else has already given insights into the museum experience, so I'll go at it from another angle. The Maritime Museum of San Diego is such a great organization. Run mostly by volunteers, their dedication to sharing knowledge and history is untainted by consumerism. It's hard to find that these days. When you visit the museum, talk to the volunteers. They are bursting with knowledge and excitement!
Plan your trip to San Diego
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
Hidden gems in San Diego
Side trips from San Diego
Beaches in San Diego
Nearby attractions in San Diego
Plans to Maritime Museum of San Diego by other users
29 days in United States BY A USER FROM PERU January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND June, culture, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Diego BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARUBA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium