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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, reopened to the public Aug. 22, 2020.
The Museum will remain open Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 26 and Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, and plans to extend the offer through December 31, 2020 if State and County guidelines go unchanged and do not require further operational adjustments, and/or closure of the Museum.
Submarines and below deck indoor exhibits and galleries remain temporarily closed for public safety.
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 “Movies Before the Mast” and family sleepovers on the Star of India. Thousands of school children from throughout Southern California visit the museum each year for a variety of dockside and at-sea educational programs.
The museum’s schooner Californian takes passengers sailing on San Diego Bay and weekend adventure sails to Catalina. The museum’s ships play host to more than 200 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. Monday through Friday. On weekends, the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.