General Museum Information


Location, Hours, Phone, Contact Us.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located on Harbor Drive near the corner of Ash Street just a few blocks West of interstate 5. From interstate 5 North or South take the “Airport” exit. Look for signs on the freeway and after exiting on to surface streets that read “Embarcadero-Maritime Museum.” They will direct you to the museum.

Maritime Museum of San Diego – Address & Phone:
At Star of India Wharf
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101-3309
619-234-9153 Ext 101 (for general information)

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Hours of Operation:

  • Open daily from June 1st to September* – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (*some ships/museum do close for special events/maintenance)
  • Fall hours starting after Labor Day weekend – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Parking, Public Transportation, Shuttle

Parking in most metropolitan areas can be difficult, and the San Diego Embarcadero area is no exception. We have a number of public transportation options available. If you are visiting from out of town and are staying close by, we suggest calling a cab, Uber, using a bus or PediCab.

Here are some links you may find helpful:

$3.00 Waterfront Shuttle

Waterfront Shuttle 2018 summer schedule : The Shuttle runs every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the summer season (May 25/Memorial Day weekend – September 3/Labor Day).

Waterfront Summer Shuttle route stops:

  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego on the Embarcadero
  • Springhill Suites/Residence Inn along Lane Field Park
  • USS Midway Museum at Navy Pier
  • Seaport Village/The Headquarters across from Ruocco Park
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt on the South Embarcadero
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on the South Embarcadero
  • Harbor Drive Bridge across from the Convention Center Park

Click here for more information on parking and shuttle tickets.

Public Transportation

Parking lot location websites:

Reserved Parking:

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Self Parking:

Metered Port Parking Spaces:
The lot directly in front of the Maritime Museum has Port of San Diego metered spaces. They are enforced 10:00am – 8:00pm Monday – Sunday. Good for up to 3 hours. Port does routinely check if a car has been parked for longer than 3 hours and will ticket. 3 hour time limit applies to Sundays on Port parking. These spaces are not available during some special events and during Festival of Sail.

Day Lots:
There are also several day lots (pay to park) within a few blocks of the museum including:
County garage across the street holds about 257 cars, pricing varies $10~$20 per car.
The Midway lot is open to the public.
Take the trolley. Trolley stations have lots at El Cajon, Amaya, Grossmont, Qualcom, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley and Old Town.

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