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General Admission Tickets

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Walk-up General Admission tickets are available at the ticket booth.

Optional Historic Bay Cruise add-on
12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm are available on-line, or walkup till sold out. 11:00am & 3:45pm only available as walkup tickets till sold out, and not sold online.

General Admission

Adult 18+: $20.00
Senior 62+, Military w/ID, Students 13-17 years: $15.00
Child 12 to 3: $10.00
*Child 2 & under: $zero (*General Admission is free for children 2 and under but requires payment for any add-on activities)

Optional Historic Bay Cruise add-on boarding times are: 11:00am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm (11:00am & 3:45pm only available as walk-up tickets)

“Don’t miss it! Great attractions and good value for money! Wonderful day on the waterfront for you and your family! Loved the recreated ships. Numerous photo ops.”

Google review

“Both Keke and our captain were amazing. Very informative and funny. Took out my boys 6 and 10 as well as my mother in law. My mother in law has lived in San Diego for over 50 years and learned many things even she was surprised about. Highly recommend adding the boat tour to your museum trip.”

Melissa G. posted on Yelp

You have a great museum. Fortunate enough to have visited from Illinois three times over the past 20 years.

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Guided Docent Led Tour Ticket

Guided Docent Led Tours

See the ships like never before, learn of the ships in-depth stories from our trained and knowledgeable historians. This is your opportunity to enjoy the waterfront sights of San Diego Bay and meet other people with like interest in maritime heritage and history.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month

$25 per person.

Guided Docent Led Tour Ticket, includes General Admission, good till 5pm. Once at the museum, one can add-on a 45 min Historic Bay Cruise, leave the museum for lunch, return and explore. Lot’s of food options in close walking distance.

Swift Boat Naval History Tour

Take a high-speed Naval History Tour
aboard a legendary Swift Boat

Available Saturday & Sundays (and some weekday holidays)

75 minute narrated tour aboard Swift Boat PCF816, includes Museum General Admission

Feel the history & power of the twin 12 cylinder Detroit Diesels as you take a behind the scenes tour of San Diego Bays military history. Tour route heads under Coronado Bay Bridge, Naval Base San Diego, and then Naval Amphibious Base. It then heads back by the aircraft carrier basin and Naval Air Station North Island before returning to the Museum.

Enjoy this unique one of a kind adventure, only at the Maritime Museum of San Diego!
Tickets range: $40 to $20

  • Boarding starts at the early time listed on your ticket. Check-in at least 15 minutes before (we suggest 30 minutes)
  • This is a narrated tour describing PCF 816‘s role in the U.S., Malta, Viet Nam, Swift Boat sailors, and the above establishments on the Bay, plus a high speed run to feel the unique power of the twin 12 cylinder engines.
  • You can check-in as early as 10am, enjoy the Museum before and/or after your tour. Ticket includes general admission.
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“We opted to add the Swift boat harbor tour once we got there. You MUST add this to your museum tour. You get a 75 minute tour of the harbor mainly focusing on the Navy ships moored down on 32nd Street. The Docent was an old Vietnam Swift boat crewman and is well versed on the history of that boat and anything else at the museum. Ran into this guy 3 different times while in the museum and he just kept giving out information like a walking encyclopedia.”


Tall Ship Adventure Sail Tickets

Tall Ship Adventure aboard Californian

Tall Ship Adventure Sail is a four-hour adventure history sail aboard the schooner Californian.

Join the crew in sailing a traditionally rigged tall ship. Passengers will be invited to haul a line, man the helm and end their day with a cannon salute.

4 hour sail, boards at 11:30, returns 4:00pm – Tickets range $119.00 to $69.00

  • Boarding starts at 11:30am
  • Sail is 4 hours and returns to the museum at 4pm
  • You can check-in as early as 10am, enjoy the Museum before and/or after your sail. Ticket includes general admission.
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  • Includes General Admission to the Maritime Museum

San Salvador Sailing Adventure

San Salvador Sailing Adventure

The San Salvador is a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542.

These 4 hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history, and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard Galleons of the sixteenth century and these day sails will offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, the San Salvador.

4 hour sail, boards at 11:30, returns 4:00pm – Tickets range $119.00 to $69.00

  • Boarding starts at 11:30am
  • Sail is 4 hours and returns to the museum at 4pm
  • You can check-in as early as 10am, enjoy the Museum before and/or after your sail. Ticket includes general admission.
  • Schedule is subject to change. Any new times will be noted on ticket.
  • Click for more San Salvador Adventure Sailing info.
  • Includes General Admission to the Maritime Museum

BOARDED A New Pirate Adventure

Two performances daily this holiday season, Saturday October 28, November 25, and December 30

BOARDED A New Pirate Adventure

This hilarious 90 minute interactive show puts you right in the middle of the pirate action.
Choose from two show times.
Ship boarding times are 10:30am, 12:45pm (please check-in 15~30 minutes before)

Adult $80.00
Child 12 & under $35.00

Sails are not set for BOARDED

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"This was an amazing museum with so much history. We added this to our San Diego CityPass. We got there at opening and there was no line and no crowd. The adults and kids enjoyed exploring the different ships and learning the history of the old ships and life living in them. Some of these boats are still active boats and events can even be planned on some of them. It’s in a beautiful location right in the heart of San Diego Harbor. We added the harbor tour onto our tickets and were able to take a tour on an old Military boat."

"It was great learning of the history of the Harbor and the boat right from a real Vietnam Navy boat. We even had the Navy wave at us and people waving from the USS Midway. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and nice."

"I highly recommend the Maritime Museum and the added Harbor tour on your San Diego adventure."

CityPass guest

“What a great museum!! We got to walk around several amazing ships, and two submarines. It was very informational, and very fun! We also took the optional bay cruise, and it was really great!! Our tour guide was Kiki and she shared a lot of very interesting facts and tidbits with us. Overall, a really great day!!“

Yelp review

Maritime Museum of San Diego Gift Cards, good for Sailings aboard Californian or San Salvador, General Admission with Harbor Bay Cruise option, and Swift Boat Tours.

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