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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
star-4.5
$46.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun afternoon.
My second time doing it but was my girlfriends first time. We loved it!! She was very pleased and learned things from the guide.
Kenneth_A, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

star-5
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
Fantastic trip
Chris_B, May 2022
Sunset Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
Fantastic tour, captain could not have been nicer. Would recommend to anyone. Perfect way to end a fun day
star-5
Awesome
Reggie_G, May 2022
San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise
Nice weatherand the captains history. Great boat too. Taken this many times and it's always been wonderful.
star-5
Captain 👨‍✈️ was very...
Alexandra_M, May 2022
Sunset Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
Captain 👨‍✈️ was very attentive and made us feel welcome . Had an amazing view and relaxing time . He made it just on time . Very pleased .
star-5
Mother's Day on the USS Midway.
Verna_S, May 2022
Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission Ticket
My daughter and I went together, for our Mother's Day celebration to each other. We had a full day and went top to bottom. We enjoyed all we saw and experienced
star-5
Beautiful San Diego
Linda_B, May 2022
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley
The narration was very enlightening and being able to get off at stops that interested us. Have been to San Diego many times but finally got to know the heart of that city through the Trolley tour! Loved Hotel Del Coronado as we haven't been there in over 25 years and it still mesmermizes us as the location is just beautiful!
star-5
Trip to the past
Juan_C, Apr 2022
Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission Ticket
A wonderful and interesting museum, to visit and walk on the deck of all the ancient sail and steam ships exhibited was a great experience, unfortunatly the one y wanted to survey at most ,the Surprise was closed for repairing, that should have been advised to chose another date, a great disappointing for this
star-5
This was a great way to...
Natalie_L, Apr 2022
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley
This was a great way to see The popular areas of the city. I suggest hopping off at some of your most interested stops and taking time to explore them for an hour or so.
star-5
Wonderful experience.
David_L, May 2022
Sunset Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
A beautiful sunset, relaxing ride, sipping wine. Captain Rick was a great host and tour guide. We were the only couple on board and got a lot of attention. Would recommend this small group sailing experience.
star-5
Cruising on the water…
Roslynn_P, May 2022
San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise
Being at peace on the water. Loved It!!! Hospitality was awesome and the tour was unforgettable. We really loved the sight seeing as well. I would recommend anyone to try it out. Amazing!!
star-5
Overall peaceful and very...
Lilianna_M, May 2022
Sunset Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
Overall peaceful and very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend to others. Great customer service as well!
star-5
Well worth it
Sandra_W, May 2022
Sunset Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
Rick was a wonderful skipper and a skilled sailor. A very enjoyable sail. He was very knowledgeable about the area. Everyone in our party had a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend this activity.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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