Skip to main content

SPONSORSHIP | Become a sponsor today!

Maritime Museum Of San Diego New Outdoor Adventure

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until October 31, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego
    Map | Website
  • 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 Aug. 22, 2020.

The Museum introduces a new, safe outdoor visit experience that includes free boat rides with general admission ticket purchase.

According to Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “We wanted to offer a special treat for visitors and residents of San Diego during the stress of the global pandemic. So, a stroll aboard the decks of these historic ships and refreshing, educational boat ride in San Diego Bay could be the perfect break.”

Safety, Cleanliness & Sanitization Procedures:
The Museum staff closely monitored the guidelines from the state, local and health authorities and have prepared the Museum to abide by public health safety and CDC recommendations to ensure visitors enjoy a clean and safe experience.

One of the methods employed to maintain safe social distancing practices is to limit visitor capacity to 25% of the Museum’s normal capacity. The Museum is limiting the number of guests permitted at one time, and will monitor capacity every 15 minutes, so we may ask visitors to stand by before entering after a short wait.

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.

Harbor History Bay tours are normally offered at an additional charge with admission.

This outdoor experience includes a walking tour of the upper decks of the Maritime Museum’s historic fleet and a complimentary boat ride which is normally additional charge when guests purchase general admission to the Museum.

Four 45-minute narrated bay tours will be offered weekdays at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and on weekends five bay tours offered, adding another trip at 4:30 p.m. Space is limited due to lower capacity requirements in accordance with state guidelines.

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 has condensed hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.

SPONSORSHIP | Become a sponsor today!