Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego

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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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  • Good signage for explaining each ship. We were able to board a couple ships and the sub! There were many ship models with details about where and when it was sailed. It's next to the Midway and is....  more
    Good signage for explaining each ship. We were able to board a couple ships and the sub! There were many ship models with details about where and when it was sailed. It's next to the Midway and is....  more »
  • Visiting from an historic waterfront community, we weren't sure we would get much out of the Maritime Museum, but boy were we wrong. We spent about two hours and wished for two more. Each vessel... 
    Visiting from an historic waterfront community, we weren't sure we would get much out of the Maritime Museum, but boy were we wrong. We spent about two hours and wished for two more. Each vessel...  more »
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  • Wonderful museum. Dedicated people. Harbor tour was worth it. Needs more funding and attention paid to it. Models were awesome and made by a dedicated person. Ships were interactive. Staff was enthusiastic and welcoming. Gift shop was extremely cost affordable and not tourist trap pricing. (got a sweet coffee mug for $6? Heck yes!) This place deserves more attention and yeah, touring the ship from master and commander and pirates of the Caribbean was also a highlight. Must visit local.
  • Travel is about experiences. In the case of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, it's about the past, the present, and even the future. We visited the museum last month as a visit here will be a part of our new San Diego group travel experience. As we are a nautical- and ocean-focused company, spending time at the Museum is just a must-do when in San Diego. The indoor museum space is replete with nautical and ship history, old equipment, ship models, and truly invaluable knowledge concerning nautical history. However, our favorite part of the Museum was exploring the collection of ships. Tall ships are our thing, so the Californian, San Salvador, and Star of India were particularly enjoyable. We are looking forward to bringing groups to the Museum to enjoy sails on the Californian. In summary, the Museum is a wonderful part of the San Diego community and we look forward to supporting their efforts in the future.

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