Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego

4.7
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 .
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  • This place is so much cooler than I thought it would be! I was blown away by the huge number of ..... ships! Or boats. Whatever. Including not one but TWO submarines - one an old school Russian. It wa...  more »
  • The staff at the museum was professional, helpful and friendly. We took the San Salvador 4 hour cruise and really enjoyed it.  more »
  • This was so fun! Several ships are part of this “museum.” It’s self-guided so you can go at any pace you wish. The Russian submarine was so cool; however, you have to crawl through small openings on i...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Totally worth it. We went with a three years old and it was fine. We couldn't read everything but walking around was perfect. Parking at front is small but we arrived before noon and had place. It is not free to park. I recommend if you are visiting the area.
  • Super neat to explore - definitely worth the money ($20). Prepare to spend several hours here. There’s so much to see and it would be a shame to rush through. The volunteers are so happy to tell you how things work or the history of the ships.. if you let them they’ll talk your ears off.
  • We loved touring the Berkeley and took the ride on the pilot boat (the additional $7 was,worth it). We are members and enjoy visiting regularly. It seems that we always see a new aspect to the museum!

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