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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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, is resuming daily operations 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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.”

The Maritime Museum of San Diego’s outdoor experience includes a walking, one-way top deck ship tour clearly marked to comply with social distancing guidelines. Tours take guests back in time as they stroll the upper decks of the historic fleet, including the world’s oldest sailing ship, Star of India, Navy frigate replica H.M.S. Surprise, featured in the award-winning film, "Master and Commander," and California’s official state tall ship, the Californian. Indoor exhibits and below deck galleries will still remain closed temporarily.

For visitors looking for an affordable, educational and safe sightseeing experience on the water, the Museum’s Historic Bay Cruise is only an additional $5.00 with purchase of general admission tickets. 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.

Get 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.

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. 

Located at Star of India Wharf, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is a collection of historic vessels moored together dockside along the north embarcadero between Grape and Ash Streets located at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.

For more information, to make a donation or learn more about the restoration projects underway, visit

Maritime Museum

Upcoming event at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Haydn Voyages: Music At The Maritime

  • Today, 4 p.m.
  • Next concert, Sunday, June 20 at 4 p.m. – Special Father’s Day Treat The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego are excited to partner to present the sixth season of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series performed aboard one of the Museum’s ten historic world-class vessels, the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy world-class performances from ... Read more

All upcoming events at Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Haydn Voyages: Groove MusicNovember 21, 2021

Past events

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