Status Update

COVID-19 Updates:

April 1, 2021

Open, Following State Guidelines. Read all about it, Click Here.

General Admission Information Click Here.
Tickets Click Here.
Have questions? Click Here.

May 6, 2020

We are doing all that we can to navigate this period of tremendous uncertainty, maintain the sanctity of the Museum’s treasures, and ensure our preparedness to welcome guests again when possible.

Rest assured, when we reopen our decks, and welcome you aboard, we will make sure that you and yours are safe.

Trust that we are diligently working to ensure compliance with protocols for a safe, healthy, clean experience when we do reopen our downtown waterfront location.

Initial plans for re-opening to the public are still in development and we appreciate your patience as we formalize our approach. Considerations include, yet may not be limited to:

  • Social distancing practices
  • Required facial covering
  • Self-guided only tours
  • Special time frames for tours open to members and/or museum volunteers only
  • Touch-free ticketing; advance purchase of tickets required online
  • One-way path throughout the Museum vessels and exhibits
  • Reduced capacity
  • Timed-ticketing

Stay tuned for further refinements as we coordinate with federal, state and regional organizations.

April 24, 2020

First of all, the ships are still being looked after 24/7.

NEW, Covid-19 diary – A New Science History Series
authored by our very own, Captain Raymond Ashley
Ph.D., K.C. I., President /CEO
Maritime Museum of San Diego

Articles of great interest, showing how the sea connects all things, including ourselves with our past.

Click here to read. I think you will enjoy them.

April 1, 2020

Below please find updates to select events. You may also apply your reservation towards a donation to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and your generosity will be tax deductible. Click here to contact Maritime Museum of San Diego Support

March 28 America’s Schooner Cup, Californian tall ship adventure – Event postponed to 2021

April 18 Boarded! Pirate Adventure
(Guests may reschedule for a future Boarded! Performance this fall September 5, November 28 and December 26.) To make arrangements, email

April 19 Music at the Maritime performed by The Hausmann Quartet
(After the Storm Concert delayed to August 30. Tickets purchased can be applied towards a future performance) To make arrangements, email

2nd Annual Port of San Doego Festival of the Sea, has been postoned to a future date, TBD.
Festival of the Sea

March 16, 2020

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is instituting a temporary closure of the Museum beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. We will be open on a limited basis this weekend. We will reopen as directed by health authorities that it is safe to do so.

We are making this decision for the health and safety of the community and have not been notified of any coronavirus cases in association with the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

We have been diligently monitoring the coronavirus situation for several weeks. Museum staff together have established a multi-phase approach and plan implemented based on available resources and latest information.

While the Maritime Museum of San Diego has put in place more frequent, diligent cleaning and safety measures including disinfection, and health and hygiene prevention practices, we believe the recent recommendations for stricter monitoring, social distancing, Governor of California emergency order to postpone or cancel events drawing 250 or more, recent major attraction closures, and school closure announcements, are exceptional reasons to take harsher steps to ensure the safety and health of our visitors, members, staff, crew, volunteers and community.

This decision will have a severe impact on our organization and employees.

As many of you know, Maritime Museum of San Diego is a tightly funded non-profit operation sustained and reliant by the combination of admission ticket, special events, on-the-water experience, educational program, tours, and donation revenues. Therefore, we will be reducing all non-essential expenses until we re-open or locate alternative revenue sources. Our team is actively working on identifying and locating these sources including outreach to donors and through our financial institution.

We take this decision seriously and our specific temporary actions include:
• Suspending all non-essential expenses
• Furloughing all non-essential staff to critical operational levels
• Suspending all business related travel
• Suspending all non-essential in-person meetings
• Requiring social distancing for all essential staff during working hours

The Museum is urging senior volunteers to refrain from participating in Maritime Museum of San Diego volunteer projects at the Museum during this critically dangerous time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, persons age 65 or older are at a higher risk of getting very sick from the illness. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The White House and California Governor Newsom advisories include a call for persons 65 and older to stay home.

This is a serious issue we are all faced with and the Museum believes this is our duty to support actions to decrease the spread of infection.

We will continue to review the situation 24/7 for additional information or to take further actions deemed necessary. We are also committed to working closely with our donors and supporters to maintain financial stability during these uncertain times.

We need your support NOW more than ever.

We truly appreciate your support during this difficult time and hope that you can consider providing support at any level. The strength of the Maritime Museum of San Diego has always been the outcome of combined support from donors, board of directors, volunteers, members and staff.

Please visit Support the Museum, to donate now, or mail your check to Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.

Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO