Family Overnight

Family Overnight - Maritime Museum of San Diego

2024 Maritime Museum Of San Diego
Family Overnight Aboard The Star Of India

Spend the night on the world’s oldest active sailing ship.

Two Friday overnights for 2024:
July 26
August 9

Brought to you by the Education Department of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is proud to offer this unique opportunity to spend a night aboard the 1863 bark Star of India. Although we will not technically leave the dock, we will be embarking on an imaginary voyage to relive the lives and times of the many emigrant passengers in the Great Age of Sail.

Our Living History programs aboard the Star of India, which primarily serve elementary school classes, have proven to be so popular that we have adapted the format to suit the needs of families in order to let the public participate in this exciting experience. Our instructors will be in character and in costume, teaching various activities such as moving cargo and raising sails. Please keep in mind that the accommodations are also 19th century and can be likened to a camping trip. For example, you will be sleeping on the ‘tween decks (below the upper, open deck) in your sleeping bag, and while there are toilets there are no showers.

Your voyage provides a truly rare opportunity to see the Star of India, as you never have before! Not only will you see areas of the ship that are closed to the public, but you will be able to actually get a taste of what life at sea might have been like in the 19th century. We welcome you aboard and look forward to your arrival on this very special trip!

$125 per participant ages 6 and up.
$100 Maritime Museum of San Diego members, per participant ages 6 and up.
Includes meals and accommodations.

Boarding Check-in: 2:00pm Friday
Ends: 9:00am Saturday

Book now! Family Overnight.

Adults must accompany youth under 18.
Participating adults must be accompanied by youth.
Participants under the age of 6 are not permitted.

Space is limited.


Plan to arrive by 2:00-2:15pm. Let the sales associate at our ticket booth know you are here for the Family Overnight, they will direct you to the upper deck of the 1898 Ferryboat Berkeley where our check-in, orientation, and staging area will be. Be sure to bring the required forms completed and signed with you. We recommend bringing a snack to eat while you wait or eat a hearty lunch prior to arriving as dinner will not be served until approximately 7:15pm. Please note that due to the nature of this program we are unable to accommodate participants that arrive later than 2:45pm so be sure to check your schedule prior to signing up for this event.

Start Time:
The adventure starts promptly at 3:00pm and concludes the following morning at 9:00am.

Dinner (served at approximately 7:15pm)

  • Beef Stew (canned beef, canned tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, cumin – vegetarian options available)
  • Rolls (sweet rolls; contains gluten)
  • Sweet Duff (flour, molasses or brown sugar, cloves, baking soda, raisins, salt, cinnamon)
  • Lemonade (powdered mix)

Breakfast (served at approximately 6:30am)

  • Oatmeal (old-fashioned oats)
  • Optional toppings (brown sugar, canned peaches, raisins)
  • Lemonade / coffee (for adults)

Please bring a snack to eat during the orientation, as dinner is not served until 7:15pm. Meals are simple but hearty.

Items to Bring Per Person:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Sleeping mat or padding if desired (you will be sleeping on a wooden deck)
  • Warm jacket
  • Two pairs of closed-toe shoes and socks, in case one gets wet
  • Two sets of comfortable clothing, in case one gets wet
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 2 cups, 2 bowls, and 2 spoons (no knives or forks)
  • Imagination and sense of adventure!
  • Pack your gear in a large, heavy-duty trash bag or a sturdy over the shoulder bag. A bag that allows one hand to be free is ideal. No rolling suitcases permitted.

Items to Leave at Home:
Sandals, skirts, jewelry, weapons, shorts, pipes, cigars, vape pens, alcohol, video games, obstructive camera gear.

Checklist, Forms, Location, Parking


  • Snack
  • Bag with previously listed gear
  • Release of liability, medical forms

Forms you will need:

Location & Parking
If possible, arrange for someone to drop you off and pick you up. We cannot accommodate overnight parking in front of the museum.

Click here for location, parking and transportation options.

Questions? Click here to send email
Click HereOr call the Education office at (619) 234-9153 ext. 124

Cancellation Policy
If given a 96 hour advanced notice before event date/time, a full refund can be issued.
If you are unable to attend, please consider your payment a contribution to the Maritime Museum’s educational mission. We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Thank you for your understanding.

CLICK HERE: Complete Refund Policy notice