Pacific Heritage Tour Fall 2017

San Salvador

Maritime Museum of San Diego Brings Pacific Heritage Tour Featuring 1542 Galleon Replica San Salvador to Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Full-scale replica San Salvador, the first European vessel to explore California’s coast, makes her next voyage.

San Diego, CA (August 28, 2017) – Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, embarks on another Pacific Heritage Tour. Sail across the centuries and be part of history as the full-scale replica of the first European vessel to explore California’s coastline makes her next voyage offering visitors a variety of onshore exhibits and seagoing adventures. The next stop will be in Los Angeles at Los Angeles Maritime Museum October 6-11, 2017.

“We are thrilled to have San Salvador visit Los Angeles Maritime Museum,” exclaimed Los Angeles Maritime Museum Director Marifrances Trivelli. “San Salvador is the perfect visiting exhibit to attract thousands of visitors and expose more people to Los Angeles Maritime Museum.” San Salvador dockside tours are scheduled Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 for adults including seniors (ages 65 and older) and active military, $7 for children/students 17 and under). Children under 5 are free. Ticket prices include admission to Los Angeles Maritime Museum and a tour of the San Salvador. Los Angeles Maritime Museum is in San Pedro at Berth 84 along the Main Channel of Los Angeles Harbor. Visitors can call (310) 548-7618 for more information.

Pacific Heritage Adventure 4-Hour Day Sails aboard San Salvador are $99 per person Monday, October 9 through Wednesday, October 11. Space is limited. No sailing experience is required.
For more information, visit or call Maritime Museum of San Diego at (619) 234-9153 ext. 111.

San Salvador visits to Oxnard, Monterey, Morro Bay and Santa Barbara have been very successful in educating visitors about our West Coast origin story. Day sailing aboard San Salvador in San Diego and Santa Barbara have been very popular, so we are adding Day Sails to the Los Angeles program.” said Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Teachers visiting San Salvador can also take advantage of EXPLORE, a free educational online tool to bring the Pacific Heritage history lessons into classrooms nationwide.

Maritime Museum of San Diego also offers adventure enthusiasts the chance to join the next ocean-going adventure for ages 12 and up October 15–19 from Marina Del Rey to Catalina to San Diego. The sailing adventure package includes five days, four nights, meals, and onboard accommodations. It is open to a limited number of passengers, ages 12 and up. This unique nautical experience is priced at $999 per person. Group discounts are also available. More details can be found by CLICKING HERE

Cabrillo’s San Salvador: A Pacific Heritage Tour, which is sponsored by KPBS, commemorates the 1542 expedition led by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo aboard the original San Salvador. Among Cabrillo’s many discoveries was present-day San Diego Bay, where the full-scale, seaworthy replica of his flagship galleon was built by skilled shipwrights and volunteers under the auspices of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Twenty years in the planning and five years in construction, San Salvador is the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s newest educational platform, bringing our rich Pacific maritime history to life for adventurers young and old. The Pacific Heritage Tour provides an opportunity for other California cities to share the experience. Each venue offers different planned events and immersive exhibits.

Pacific Heritage Tour - Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara

Off Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara – PHT May 2017

Pacific Heritage Tour Catalina Island

Sunset near Catalina Island – PHT May 2017

About San Salvador
The design and construction of the replica involved some of the world’s leading historians and marine archeologists. The original galleon, later nicknamed “the Mayflower of the West,” first sailed in 1542. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer who was searching for new trade routes from Mexico to Asia and Europe, sailed her along the California coastline. Among his discoveries was San Diego Bay, where the replica would be built more than 450 years later by hundreds of Maritime Museum of San Diego volunteers. The replica vessel weighs 150 tons and is 92 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Collaborating with key institutions and organizations, the full-scale galleon replica San Salvador has visited Oxnard, Monterey, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, and the Channel Islands.

In the first two years of The Pacific Heritage Tour, sponsored by KPBS, Maritime Museum of San Diego has collaborated with several West Coast venues. The tour has included different planned events and immersive exhibits along with select fundraising and development opportunities for the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Monterey State Historic Park, Central Coastal Maritime Museum Association, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, and Malibu Adamson House Foundation.

General admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego includes San Salvador dockside tours and for the explorer at heart, on select Saturdays visitors can step aboard San Salvador for a spectacular newly introduced 4-hour adventure day sail. More day sails in San Diego will be available starting later in the year when San Salvador returns to her home port at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit for tickets and information or call 619.234.9153.

About Los Angeles Maritime Museum
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is housed in the former Municipal Ferry Terminal building, located on the main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor. It was designed in the Streamline Moderne style by architect Derwood Lydall Irvin of the Los Angeles Harbor Department. The San Pedro Municipal Ferry Building is now a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum opened in 1979 because of widespread community efforts to save the historic building. The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks operates the museum. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm and is located at Berth 84 in San Pedro, Foot of 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. The telephone number for general inquiries is (310) 548-7618.

About the 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 sailing ship, the Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The museum is located at Star of India Wharf in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. The telephone number for general inquires is 619.234.9153 ext 101.