Maritime Museum of San Diego in San Diego, CA

1492 North Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92101
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One of the finest collections of historic ships across the globe, Maritime Museum of San Diego offers exceptional exhibits, daily public tours, cultural events, educational programs and more for the whole family to enjoy. The museum is located on the North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego and is also home to the world’s oldest active ship—Star of India.

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  • Parking fees apply.
  • Self-guided tour.
  • Tour duration: approx. 2 hours.
  • Home to the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India.


from Maritime Museum of San Diego
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 world’s oldest active ship the Star of India.

The Museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce, and exploration.

The MacMullen Library and Research Archives is a resource for members as well as scholars and researchers from around the world. Along with our peer-reviewed quarterly, Mains'l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History, they encourage and enhance the study of maritime history.

Founded in 1948, the museum grew out of the earlier efforts of a group of local historians and maritime enthusiasts who acquired the sailing ship Star of India in 1927. Now fully restored, the Star of India is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsmen and sailed at least once a year.

The museum’s collection also includes the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot, the state’s official tall ship Californian -a replica of a mid-19th century revenue cutter, and the H.M.S Surprise, a magnificent replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate featured in the award-winning film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

Maritime Museum of San Diego Reviews

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Philip Robertson
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"Great seafaring museum"
February 2018
This was a great museum exploring the sailing ship era as well as submarines, patrol boats and other ships
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Museum of San Diego

What are the hours of operation?

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. Museum Ticket Booth closes at 4:00 p.m. Last guest admission 4:00 p.m. daily. Hours of operation are subject to change and may vary with special events.

Is museum parking available onsite?

No. However, there are multiple parking spaces and lots located around the museum: (1) Metered Port Parking Spaces: The lot directly in front of the Maritime Museum has Port of San Diego metered spaces. They are enforced 10:00 am – 8:00 pm from Monday – Sunday and are good for up to 3 hours. Port does routinely check if a car has been parked for longer than 3 hours and will ticket. The 3-hour time limit applies to Sundays on Port parking. (2) Day Lots: There are also several day lots (pay to park) within a few blocks of the museum including: - County garage across the street holds about 257 cars, pricing varies from $10-$20 per car. - The Midway lot is open to the public. - Take the trolley. Trolley stations have lots at El Cajon, Amaya, Grossmont, Qualcom, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, and Old Town. - Rideshare and public transportation MTS bus systems are other alternatives.

Is the museum appropriate for all ages?


What exhibits are at the museum?

The museum general admission includes entry to temporary and permanent exhibits including: - Wish You Were Here - Wind & Water - Swift Boats At War In Vietnam - Charting The Sea - Age of Sail - Age Of Steam - Harvesting The Ocean - San Diego's Navy - And more