"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!!"
"This was a great way to spend the morning! I’m in town for business and had a couple hours to kill. Fun to walk around these ships. The signage describing each was informative and allowed me to explore at my own pace. The boats were impressive. The submarine light and sound exhibit on the Russian sub was neat. $20 for adult admission was reasonable considering all that there was to see. Would have loved to have had my kids along – they would have enjoyed it too!"
"Awesome lesson in maritime history, with the original boat from the film Master and Commander. Good sailing adventures for kids."
"Cool attraction with more than you can really do in one trip. Ships from various time periods and 2 submarines. Educational and makes you appreciate modern ships."
"So many ships to see…Pay the $20 to tour them all. The Docents are friendly and knowledgeable."
"I brought 4 teenage girls here while in town for a weekend trip. Only my daughter was really interested in boats so I thought her friends would be bored out of their minds, but nope… we all had a great time! There is so much to see and learn, especially all the exhibits on the Star of India and the ferry boat."
"A must see if you are into ships and history. Right next to the cruise terminal and a very inexpensive shore excursion."
"Me and my girlfriend are from Sacramento and I have been always into old ships and submarines. And see the man of war from Master and Commander was a plus for me. We will be going back."
"Diverse collection of historic ships, friendly and engaging staff, interesting and lively waterfront museum."
"We took an impromptu trip to show family San Diego Bay! I bought tickets online for the Maritime Museum super affordable and access to 8 or 9 ships from submarines, schooners, tall ships The Star of India & The Surprise from the movie Master & Commander! All ships & the museum on The Berkeley where easy to navigate even for use folks with canes! What an amazing collection of model war ships in the museum. Thank you to the volunteers who told stories too!"
"Very well preserved items and vessels. One of the best maritime museums I’ve ever visited worldwide."
"I did not think I was going to have fun but I did! The ships were so cool to visit, first hand, and the history was fascinating. My favorite part was the boat ride around the bay. Even though it was chilly, it was great."
"The Maritime Museum gives you the opportunity to learn about and explore several ships, merchant ships, sail boats, submarines and even the old ferry that used to transport passengers between the city and Coronado Island. You can also learn about the old tuna canning industry of San Diego. It’s a fun experience for all, young and old."
"An old Soviet submarine with lots of history, an American sub with lots of history, great ships including old sailboats and a friendly staff in the museum."
"This place is AMAZING! You have to make this a stop on your trip. We saw all the ships within a few hours because my kids would rather run through them then take their time and learn new things, however that didn’t take away from all the fun we had! I already have plans on seeing this again next trip!"
"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."
"This is a must see for San Diego visitors!"
"WOW! Another “BLAST FROM THE PAST” experience!"
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 ship Star of India. Our collection of ships and exhibits are available for daily public tours.
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CDPH Changes Taking Effect February 16, 2022
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