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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

#10 of 48 in Museums in San Francisco
Military Museum · Ship
Step aboard USS Pampanito, a veteran Balao-class submarine that allows you to see how crews lived and worked aboard the vessel during the World War II. Constructed in 1943 to meet America's need for advanced submarines, the craft helped patrol shipping lanes in the Pacific theater and on several occasions engaged and sunk Japanese ships. Visit this National Register of Historic Places-listed museum/ship, and explore the corridors and tight spaces where her crew spent months at a time at sea. You'll find bunk beds, periscopes, the engine room, the torpedo tube, and more inside; many mechanisms are still in working condition today. Plan your visit to USS Pampanito and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Francisco online trip builder.
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  • This was really cool, make sure you do the audio tour. I had never been on a sub before and really enjoyed this tour. If you have a chance do it, I learned a lot.  more »
  • Most of the boat is accessible via this self guided tour. You’ve got to be able to squeeze through some tight spaces and hatches. Steep ladders. Very well maintained. Doesn’t take long for the tour...  more »
  • I loved getting to see the inside of a submarine for the first time. It was fascinating. The audio tour was good, but I had to listen to most of it after I finished the tour, because I didn't want to get in the way of those touring behind me.
  • An excellent piece of World War II history. Actually being able to tour the vessel gives you a better perspective of what these men went through on a daily basis. Given the popularity of the pier, this is surprising not as busy as I would thought. Give it a visit if you're near.

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