Announcing Reinstituting Closure

Reopening the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Following State Guidelines, we are Reinstituting CLOSURE measures as of July 7, 2020.

July 06, 2020: Details to follow.

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 Wednesday, July 1, 2020. 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. 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.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego team has been busy preparing to reopen after closing temporarily starting March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19. One of the methods employed to maintain safe social distancing practices is to limit visitor capacity to 25% of the Museum’s normal capacity. According to Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “the Museum experience is spread out among multiple vessels, which leads me to believe we will not need to turn away guests or members with this new limit, but it’s a nice problem to have.”

Protecting visitors and preventing the spread of COVID-19 during this global pandemic include some changes:
New Museum Hours
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. The Museum has invested in additional convenient hand sanitizer dispensaries available for use before and after touching handrails and doorknobs.  Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized multiple times on a daily basis.

Mandatory Admittance Requirements
Temperature checks and 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.

Visitor Tour Changes
A new, easy to follow, one-way tour indicated by 6 foot markers placed on the decks and walkways has been created for visitors to experience a selection of vessels and exhibits. The Maritime Museum of San Diego tour begins at the Berkeley steamboat, and ends with Star of India; however the USS Dolphin and Soviet Naval submarines, HMS Surprise and some interior exhibit areas are temporarily closed for public safety. Only self-guided tours are available at this time, and we have temporarily discontinued Docent led tours and Group tours. However, our docents, staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the tour to assist guests. Due to the high touch potential, the Museum Gift Shop is also temporarily closed.

Ticket Transaction Process
Touch-free ticketing is available: visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online, Click here to buy tickets online. Credit/Debit cards may be used to purchase tickets at the Museum Ticket Booth machines located on the embarcadero. Cash will not be accepted.

Reservations are not required at this time. However, the Museum has reduced capacity to provide a safer environment and abide by social distancing protocols. 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.

On-the-water Experiences
45-minute Pilot Boat Bay tours will be available daily. Visitors may purchase tickets for only $10 with general admission and sign up at the Ticket Booth.
75-minute minute PCF 816 Swift Boat Naval History Bay tours are temporarily unavailable.
Weekend Californian and San Salvador Tall Ship Sailing Adventures are temporarily unavailable.

Event Update
Museum public and some private events have been cancelled/postponed to prevent spread of COVID-19. Ship venues may be evaluated for future event reservations virtually by visiting the Museum’s website at Event Venues, or by, Event Venues Contact Form, CLICK HERE.

Museum Member Admission Protocol
Museum members may present their active membership cards to Ticket Booth staff for annual unlimited admission (a major benefit and feature of membership) verification upon arrival. Memberships active during the closure period will be honored beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 for the dates that members were unable to visit the Museum due to the 15 1/2 week closure beginning March 16, 2020. If Maritime Museum of San Diego memberships expired before March 16, 2020, the Museum asks that members renew membership online, CLICK HERE for Memberships. The Museum will also except any expired guest passes the same amount of time that the Museum was closed due to the COVID-19 closures. For example, if a guest pass expired May 16, visitors would have an additional 15 1/2 weeks to use passes once the Museum opens Monday, July 1, 2020. For more information and assistance, Museum members may reach out to

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 at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.

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.