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Maritime Museum of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, California, 92101

The Basics

The collection of ships creates an engaging environment not found in many maritime museums. Each vessel hosts its own exhibits, from those focused on the Navy to that of commercial fishing, early sailing explorers, and more. Plus, the museum’s many ships are more than just relics—they are functioning sailing vessels. Take a historic bay cruise aboard Pilot, embark on a sailing adventure on the schooner Californian, and see the ship that starred in Pirates of the Carribean.

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San Diego Seal Tour
San Diego Seal Tour
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$44.00 per adult
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Captain Eric and 1 st...
Captain Eric and 1 st Mate Mermaid we’re Awesome! So much information and made it so Entertaining for the kids!
marfl1952, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Will be back !
Kimberly_G, Nov 2021
San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise
Staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. Very kind to me and my children. Facilities clean and very nice. Tour time was great, had a nice fun family time .
star-5
Great food, romantic moments in a safe environment
Tom_K, Aug 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
It was a great experience. Food and drinks were great and felt safe in terms of COVID virus as well. We would love to come back again.
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Our Captain, Kyle, was...
Hannan_P, Nov 2021
Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
Our Captain, Kyle, was wonderful! Knowledgeable and had us comfortable aboard the boat. We enjoyed our sail greatly!
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Captain Liz made all the difference!
Julie_M, Nov 2021
STERLING SAILS 2 Hour Private Sailing Experience in San Diego Bay
We had a great afternoon! Loved that for a price comparable to sharing a boat with others, we could have it for just our family. Liz created an individualized experience, giving us an up close sea lion encounter and sharing information about the area and her experiences -very entertaining with plenty of laughs.
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Perfect week end
Judith_W, Oct 2021
Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
Beautiful evening, awesome boat, felt like a private charter. Perfect way to end a week in San Diego.
star-5
Amazing sail with Captain Philip with one L
Connie_S, Oct 2021
Small Group San Diego Day Sail
It was my first sail ever and what an amazing experience. Will definitely recommend to all my friends. It actually brought me to tears😊
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Awesome
Alexis_R, Oct 2021
Small Group San Diego Day Sail
What a great tour, The captain was very professional , we sailing on time and the weather was awesome. Thank you captain Philip for a great time .
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Good company, beautiful atmosphere
Rasheen_D, Oct 2021
San Diego Harbor Sunset Sailing Tours and Professional Sailing Lessons
Great company were the hosts of this tour. Very knowledgeable! Funny and a great time. Very down to earth. They made sure they took good of their guests!
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Sailing trip
Rosalie_D, Oct 2021
San Diego Harbor Sunset Sailing Tours and Professional Sailing Lessons
Exceeded my expectations. My husband and I enjoyed the trip and was a beautiful afternoon on the water.
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Fun Day
Edith_H, Sep 2021
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley
Our tour guide, Tommy, was interactive with the guest and his sprinkles of humor made things more enjoyable.
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The trip around the bay...
Lee_D, Sep 2021
Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission Ticket
The trip around the bay was great. Kiki the narrator was fabulous. Going in the old ships was like stepping back in time!
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Loved the 2 hour...
Manoj_S, Sep 2021
STERLING SAILS 2 Hour Private Sailing Experience in San Diego Bay
Loved the 2 hour excursion. Liz is an awesome host, boat is very well maintained ,and she is very thoughtful about the needs of the guests. I highly recommend it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum is a must-visit for maritime enthusiasts.

  • You can add a bay cruise to your museum admission for a small fee.

  • While much of the museum is wheelchair accessible, some areas are not due to historic construction.

  • If you are traveling with a group of 10 or more people, you can book a docent-led tour.

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How to Get There

The museum is located just off I-5 on Harbor Drive. From the interstate, take the Airport exit and follow signs for Embarcadero-Maritime Museum. The museum is located 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the international airport and within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal. You can also reach the museum on the San Diego Trolley.

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When to Get There

Visit the museum year-round to explore its many exhibits or to take a harbor cruise. The museum hosts numerous public events—ranging from concerts to pirate-themed adventures. Check out the museum’s online event schedule for more details.

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Exploring San Diego’s Waterfront

A visit to the Maritime Museum of San Diego is just the start of the seaside attractions you can explore along San Diego's Embarcadero. Less than a mile south of the maritime museum you can shop and dine at Seaport Village. Between the two, stop in at the USS Midway Museum and enjoy photo opportunities and public art displays along the way.

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