The fascinating floating museum at the Embarcadero consists of six historic ships and two submarines: the Star of India, which is the oldest active sailing ship in the world, the steam ferry Berkeley, the steam yacht Medea, the San Diego Harbor Pilot, also an actual Soviet-era diesel B-39 submarine and the deepest-diving submarine ever, a retired diesel research submarine named the USS Dolphin. You will also find two replica ships one is a detailed re-creation of a 24-gun British frigate named the HMS Surprise, as seen in the movie Master and Commander starring Russell Crowe the other is a 145-foot long ship the Californian, which is a replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence, which patrolled the coast of California enforcing federal law during the gold rush. The Californian is the official tall ship of the State of California. You can go aboard and explore these historic ships, see maritime artifacts, charts, exhibits and take docent-led tours.
Tickets & Hours
Open daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m. with extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is ($16) adults; ($13) active military with ID, seniors 62 and over and students 13—17; ($8) children 3–12; children under 3 free. Purchase Family Package Admission and save $5. For discounts and other perks, become a Maritime Museum member ($45 and up). Be sure to use their discount coupon and get $2 off admission!
Be sure to visit the maritime gift shop aboard the steam ferry Berkeley or shop online.
Special Exhibits at the Maritime Museum
|Fragile Waters Now-September 15th Works from world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams highlights the Fragile Waters Exhibit. Pieces from the personal collection of the Adams’ family are on display along with impressive works from marine landscape photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly and underwater photographer Ernest H. Brooks II. Together through the universal language of black and white photography, the three artists bring to focus our planet’s most precious resource.|
Permanent Exhibits at the Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum of San Diego’s permanent exhibit collection is presented in five galleries representing major themes of maritime history and their relation to San Diego, its harbor and strategic position on the Pacific. Present permanent exhibits include; Age of Sail, Age of Steam, Charting the Sea, Harvesting the Ocean and San Diego’s Navy.
Tours, Sailing & On the Water Adventures
With the purchase of General Admission ticket you can visit all of the museum’s historic ships, exhibits and San Salvador’s build-site at Spanish Landing Village. You can also purchase additional tour packages as shown below.
Historic Harbor Tour
Tall Ship Adventure
Seasonal whale watching available on the historic yacht America. Experience ecological watching aboard a replica of the ship the America’s Cup was named after. Click here to learn more.
Catalina Kayak & Adventure Sail on Californian
Banquets & Weddings at Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Dr.
Price: Call for pricing