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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, will reopen to the public on Feb. 13, 2021.
Submarines and below deck indoor exhibits and galleries remain temporarily closed for public safety. However, top deck tours and free boat rides are included with price of general admission.
The museum enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India.
The Museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce and exploration and stages popular public events such as family sleepovers on the Star of India. Thousands of school children fr target="_blankom throughout Southern California visit the museum each year for a variety of dockside and at-sea educational programs.
Californian Tall Ship Adventures and San Salvador Adventure Day Sails are temporarily paused due to COVID-19.
The museum’s schooner Californian and Spanish galleon replica San Salvador crew take passengers sailing on most weekends. The museum’s ships also play host to private events each year including weddings, private parties, meeting and seminars, corporate events and charters.
Founded in 1948, the museum grew out of the earlier efforts of a group of local historians and maritime enthusiasts who acquired the sailing ship Star of India in 1927. Now fully restored, the Star of India is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsmen and sailed at least once a year.
The museum’s collection also includes the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot, the state’s official tall ship Californian -a replica of a mid 19th century revenue cutter, and the H.M.S Surprise, a magnificent replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate featured in the award winning film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”
Hours of Operation
The Museum has condensed hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Initially, the Museum will open on weekend only. Ticket sales end one hour prior to closing. Tickets are for same day visits, and are based on the new reduced capacity.
NOTE: Admission limited to ship top deck tours. The Museum has temporarily closed below deck exhibits, and suspended events, sailing adventures due to COVID-19.
Upcoming event at Maritime Museum of San Diego
- Sunday, May 16, 4 p.m.
- Two Haydn quartets bookend a trio of compact but powerfully adventurous works from the 20th and 21st centuries in the Hausmann Quartet’s long-awaited return to live, in person performance. This concert will be held on the outdoor deck of the Berkeley, and features works by Silvestre Revueltas (the father of Mexican musical modernism), Alexandra Vrebalov (My Desert, My Rose from 2015) and Kerwin Young’s brief but evocative Peace on the ... Read more
All upcoming events at Maritime Museum of San Diego
Haydn Voyages: Alone TogetherStarts February 28, 2021
Haydn Voyages: Paths ConvergeMay 16, 2021
Haydn Voyages: Time & PlaceSeptember 21, 2021
Haydn Voyages: Groove MusicNovember 21, 2021