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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
900 Beach St, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94109-1002
Fisherman’s Wharf
+1 415-561-7100
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Reviewed August 20, 2019

They have the actual tiny boat that a man used to sail from Japan to San Fran, along with his story and artifacts. There are artifacts and the story of a ship that was converted into a hotel on the beach during the gold rush,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank TEntwistle
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

There are two sections of the Maritime Museum. Both are free and on The water. It is a very picturesque area. The museum gives a good history of the early Maritime traffic in San Francisco bay. They have a short movie as well as many...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

Always wanted to visit this museum. When you walk in, there are murals on all the walls by Hilare Hiler. Off the right is the stern of the Niantic. Upstairs is a replica of a radio operator room. Definitely, venture here.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Flounder M
Reviewed June 17, 2019

The building is is interesting from the outside in that it was designed to look like a ship but that is about it. There are very few exhibits inside with just a few historical photo displays. The building was almost torn down and it seems...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank bailiej757
Reviewed June 4, 2019

One conjures up and imagines adventure as an association with the maritime world. The place is overall poor - exhibits, staff and layout. Give it a miss!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Nag64
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

We grabbed a few groupons online ($20) then headed here on a very rainy Saturday. All the exhibits were very well presented and clean. The underwater walkway was a bit hit and the informal talk very interesting. We spent about 90minutes here. Note: to access...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Sherry B
Reviewed December 17, 2018

It is certainly an attention grabbing assembly. In the shape of a nautical theme it houses some interesting exhibits. At our visit the main exhibition was the Voyage of the Mermaid, describing a sea journey from Japan to San Francisco. Model ships, ships in a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank permia
Reviewed December 9, 2018

20 minutes that will teach you a historical summary of San Francisco's bayside industry. Beautiful photos up to a hundred years old. Check out the story of Kenichi Horie who traversed solo from Japan to San Francisco in the 1960's in a boat the size...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bill s
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Okay, a long title for a review, but it accurately sums up our observations from our short visit here. The building is very interesting. Designed in the Streamline Moderne style of the late Art Deco period and built under the auspices of the city and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed October 19, 2018

This is a very small museum with not much to see. We spent 5 minutes here and left. Just as well that entry is free. We spent a bit more time walking around the Aquatic Park before going to Fisherman's Wharf.

Date of experience: September 2018
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at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and
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postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner.
Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded
with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while
Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth
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