Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego
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Key Info

1492 North Harbor Drive

Price & Hours

$18 for adults; $8 for kids 3-12
9 a.m.-8 or 9 p.m. daily


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Maritime Museum offers a hands-on look at San Diego's days as a bustling seaport. You can tour all types of historic vessels, from sailing ships to submarines, including the world's oldest active ship, the Star of India. Recent visitors said the boat tours gave them a new understanding of the workmanship and skill required of sailors. Past travelers also note that you should plan to wear pants and sturdy shoes to easily maneuver the narrow, low corridors inside the ships. Along with the boat tours, you can also explore several permanent and visiting exhibits that detail San Diego's maritime legacy using art and artifacts. Travelers say the exhibits are fascinating, even for youngsters. 

If exploring boats doesn't satisfy your craving for a nautical experience, set sail on one of the museum's boats, including the Californian, the Official Tall Ship of the State of California. Prices and tour availability depend on the ship, so make sure to check the website for more information. 

The Maritime Museum sits on the San Diego Bay just 2 miles south of the San Diego International Airport on North Harbor Drive. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. except for certain holidays and after Labor Day Weekend when fall hours kick in (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.). General admission to the museum is $18 for adults and $8 children between the ages of 3 and 12. 

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