The Maritime Museum of San Diego features a world-class collection of historic vessels including sailing ships, steam-powered boats and submarines. You can board and explore our ships and, on some, even set sail.
- The oldest active sailing ship- Star of India
- HMS Surprise - used in the movie "Master & Commander" and "Pirates of the Caribbean"
- World's Deepest diving submarine - USS Dolphin
- Victorian-era Steam ferry Berkeley - built in 1898
- California's State tall ship, Californian
- San Salvador - a 1542 Spanish Galleon
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world's finest collections of historic ships, including the Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing vessel as documented in the Guinness Book of World Records. Star of India is a 1,197-ton iron barque built in 1863. Visitors may tour a range of historic vessels from sail to steam to submarine; taking visitors back in time to explore 500 years of seafaring history.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego displays dozens of permanent and temporary exhibits featured below deck and within customized gallery spaces. Exhibits focus on maritime history, art, photography, naval artifacts, commercial fishing, commerce, transportation and exploration.
Premise of the Museum: The history of human achievement is defined in large measure by the historical relationship with the sea. Not only has the sea determined the progress and shape of civilization, our understanding of that relationship and our responsibilities for stewardship of the oceans will determine our future. The role of any maritime museum is translation between human experience of the oceans and our understanding of their nature. This is accomplished through the exhibits.
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Bay tours have an additional cost and are available on-site only. Daily 45-minute Historic Bay Tour aboard the 1914 Pilot boat are an added treat with check-ins at @ 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm. Please check availability at the Museum Ticket Booth. Boat tour is not included with your admission ticket. This experience is an additional $10.00 per person. Payment and scheduling at the Maritime Museum of San Diego ticket booth required. Capacity limited.
Weekend 75-minute Naval History Bay Tours aboard the restored PCF 816 Swift Boat are available for an additional $15.00 with general admission ticket purchase. Two tours daily Saturday and Sundays only at 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Please check availability at the Museum Ticket Booth.