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Maritime Museum Of San Diego New Outdoor Adventure

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until April 30, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $10 - $20

Maritime Museum of San Diego, serving as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, reopened to the public early February.

The Museum introduces a new, safe outdoor visit experience that includes a boat ride with $5 add-on to general admission. ticket purchase.

According to Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “We initially re-opened weekend only operations effective Feb. 13, 2021 after the pandemic forced a fourth temporary closure. After moving into the red-tier and monitoring COVID guidelines for the last six weeks, we felt we could expand to daily Monday through Sunday self-guided tour and Bay tour operations, providing visitors and locals with more times and opportunities for a healthy break, and safe tour experience ashore and on the Bay.”

Temperature checks and wellness screenings are required of all staff, volunteers and visitors prior to admittance. Anyone feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted inside the museum to protect everyone's safety. Facial coverings will be required at all times.

Additional sanitation, disinfection and cleaning procedures have been implemented throughout the Museum vessels. Museum staff and crews will sanitize the boats before and after each tour. The Museum has invested in additional convenient hand sanitizer dispensaries available for use before and after touching handrails.  Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized multiple times on a daily basis. 

Five 45-minute narrated bay tours will be offered daily starting April 1, 2021. Check-in for bay tours is fifteen minutes prior at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Space is limited due to lower capacity requirements in accordance with state guidelines. Bay Boat tour reservations can be made by customers upon arriving at the Museum when purchasing general admission passes from the Ticket Booth or online in advance at, while supplies. Guests may check-in for boat tours 15-minutes prior to and enjoy their scheduled Bay tour, before or after they explore the Maritime Museum.

The Museum has an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. For this promotion, boat rides will be offered aboard one of two landmark vintage vessels including the oldest active operating harbor pilot boat, the 1914 Pilot and / or the restored Vietnam-era U.S. Navy PCF 816 Swift boat.

Admission & Tickets:
General admission tickets to the Maritime Museum of San Diego are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors 62+, military and ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are $10.00 and can be purchased at the Museum

Ticket booth daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. located on the north embarcadero at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.. Credit/Debit cards may be used to purchase tickets at the Museum Ticket Booth machines located on the embarcadero. Cash will not be accepted at this time. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.

The Ships:
A new, easy to follow, one-way tour indicated by 6-foot markers placed on the upper decks have been created for visitors to experience a selection of vessels. The Maritime Museum of San Diego tour begins at the Berkeley steam ferryboat, and ends with Star of India. The outdoor tour also includes the recently restored decks of the HMS Surprise, featured in the academy award- winning film "Master And Commander" and popular "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The USS Dolphin and Soviet Naval submarines remain temporarily closed for public safety.

Make A Reservation:
Bay Boat tour reservations can be made by customers upon arriving at the Museum when purchasing general admission passes from the Ticket Booth or at, while supplies last. Once scheduled, guests may check-in for boat tours on the docks behind the Berkeley 15-minutes prior to scheduled runs, before or after they explore the Maritime Museum.

Only self-guided tours are available at this time. The Museum has temporarily discontinued Docent led tours and Group tours. However, docents, staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the tour to assist guests. Due to the high touch potential, the Museum Gift Shop also remains temporarily closed.

Hours of Operation Change:
The Museum's hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Ticket sales end one hour prior to closing. Tickets are for same day visits, and are based on the new reduced capacity.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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