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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: 900 Beach St, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94109-1002
Phone Number:
+1 415-561-7100
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling...

Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.

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Brilliant History

There was a national conference at the Maritime History Museum this week and the staff was amazing in their skills, their knowledge, and their service. This is a national... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There was a national conference at the Maritime History Museum this week and the staff was amazing in their skills, their knowledge, and their service. This is a national treasure right on the bay. It may not be super glitzy, but it is deep and highly professional.

Thank expectquality1942
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is in a good location lots to do Fisherman's Wharf, Trolley cars and many restaurants.The museum is free the ships cost $10 to board. They are well worth the fee it's like stepping back in time with many interactive displays,photos and stories. We spent the morning visiting the museum and ships about four h hours.Make sure to pick... More 

1 Thank Steven F
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Although I am not a museum person, this was a very interesting (and free) place to visit. It is right by Ghiradelli Square, and well worth visiting. Great views from the walkway too.

Thank Andrea R
San Fernando, Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

So close to pier 39, we took a look and were amazed at the history presented in this small museum. Highly recommended!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Nice building, not much inside. the only interesting piece was a part of an old ship they found buried in the city.

Thank Randy F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Under restoration but first floor done, beautiful, remarkable tile work, architectural art work. Free. Takes maybe 30-45mins, right on swimming beach. Very much worth walk over from Fisherman. Can't wait to see full restoration.

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Maritime Museum was at the end of Fisherman’s Wharf and I spent a little bit of time there learning about the vast history of seafaring and fishing in San Francisco. The Art Deco style building was built originally as a bath house, before being taken by the Army in WWII, and subsequently donated to the city as a museum.... More 

Thank mlorahga
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is the place to see the maritime museum also known as the aquatic park bathhouse building. The entrance is free and see the early photos of fishermen and their lives in the early 19 ...

2 Thank joanadventure
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Interesting artifacts and pics in this free, quaint museum about 19th and early 20th century mast ships. The upstairs area is being renovated but the additional photo exhibit outside the back to the left is very interesting and a highlight. Good way to spend an hour.

Thank Greg G
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We popped in here briefly - more by accident really. But what a lucky find. The museum had an excellent exhibition of early photos of ships, fishermen and people's lives from about 1850-1910. A free exhibition and very interesting. It won't take more than half an hour to go round but I recommend it.

Thank Christine R

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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a 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 after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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