Announcing August 22 Reopening

Maritime Museum Of San Diego Announces August 22 Reopening

New Outdoor Adventure Package Announced – Free 45 minute History Bay Cruise with General Admission

SAN DIEGO, CA – Maritime Museum of San Diego, serving as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, will reopen to the public August 22, 2020. The Maritime Museum reopened to public for six days beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through July 6, 2020 after closing temporarily due to the global pandemic for nearly four months starting Monday, March 16, 2020. The Museum closed temporarily a second time to comply with state and local governance and guidelines limiting indoor museum exhibit visits. Today, the Maritime Museum of San Diego introduces a new, safe outdoor visit experience that includes free boat rides with general admission ticket purchase.

According to Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “We wanted to offer a special treat for visitors and residents of San Diego during the stress of the global pandemic. So, a stroll aboard the decks of these historic ships and refreshing, educational boat ride in San Diego Bay could be the perfect break.” The Museum staff closely monitored the guidelines from the state, local and health authorities and have prepared the Museum to abide by public health safety and CDC recommendations to ensure visitors enjoy a clean and safe experience.

Harbor History Bay tours are normally offered at an additional charge with admission. Dr. Ashley adds, “This outdoor experience includes a walking tour of the upper decks of the Maritime Museum’s historic fleet and a complimentary boat ride. Four 45-minute narrated bay tours will be offered daily at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.” Space is limited due to lower capacity requirements in accordance with state guidelines. The Museum has an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. For this promotion, boat rides will be offered aboard one of two landmark vintage vessels including the oldest active operating harbor pilot boat, the 1914 Pilot and / or the restored Vietnam-era U.S. Navy PCF 816 Swift boat.

General admission tickets to the Maritime Museum of San Diego are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors 62+, military and ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are $10.00 and can be purchased at the Museum Ticket booth daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. located on the north embarcadero at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.. Credit/Debit cards may be used to purchase tickets at the Museum Ticket Booth located on the embarcadero. Cash will not be accepted at this time.

A new, easy to follow, one-way tour indicated by 6-foot markers placed on the upper decks have been created for visitors to experience a selection of vessels. The Maritime Museum of San Diego tour begins at the Berkeley steam ferryboat, and ends with Star of India. The outdoor tour also includes the recently restored decks of the HMS Surprise, featured in the academy award-winning film Master And Commander and popular Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The USS Dolphin and Soviet Naval submarines remain temporarily closed for public safety.

Bay Boat tour reservations can be made by customers upon arriving at the Museum when purchasing general admission passes from the Ticket Booth or online (click here), while supplies last. Once scheduled, guests may check-in for boat tours on the docks behind the Berkeley 15-minutes prior to scheduled runs, before or after they explore the Maritime Museum.

Only self-guided tours are available at this time. The Museum has temporarily discontinued Docent led tours and Group tours. However, docents, staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the tour to assist guests. Due to the high touch potential, the Museum Gift Shop also remains temporarily closed.

One of the methods employed to maintain safe social distancing practices is to limit visitor capacity to 25% of the Museum’s normal capacity. The Museum is limiting the number of guests permitted at one time, and will monitor capacity every 15 minutes, so we may ask visitors to stand by before entering after a short wait.

Protecting visitors and preventing the spread of COVID-19 during this global pandemic will include some changes:
Hours of Operation Change
The Museum has condensed hours of operation from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets may be sold until 4:00 p.m. for same day visits, and are based on the new reduced capacity.

Safety, Cleanliness & Sanitization Procedures
Additional sanitation, disinfection and cleaning procedures have been implemented throughout the Museum vessels. Museum staff and crews will sanitize the boats before and after each tour. The Museum has invested in additional convenient hand sanitizer dispensaries available for use before and after touching handrails. Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized multiple times on a daily basis.

Mandatory Admittance Requirements
Wellness screenings will be required of all staff, volunteers and visitors prior to admittance. Anyone feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted inside the museum to protect everyone’s safety. Facial coverings will be required at all times. Social distancing protocols will be followed.

On-the-water Sailing Experiences
Weekend Californian and San Salvador Tall Ship Sailing Adventures are temporarily unavailable.

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Photos taken pre-Covid, social distancing, and mask requirements.

Located at Star of India Wharf, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is a collection of historic vessels moored together dockside along the north embarcadero between Grape and Ash Streets located at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309. For more information, to make a donation or learn more about the restoration projects underway, visit sdmaritime.org.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.