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Learn and Explore with your Family at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum Maritime Museum Photo: Stacy Spensley via Flickr

San Diego has always been the center for the American Navy, and as such over the years it has become the home to hundreds of naval ships. The history of the city is coupled with educational museums right aboard living breathing, machines built to withstand bombs and artillery fire like the Maritime Museum.

Once aboard the Maritime Museum’s ships you will have access to incredible artifacts found nowhere else in the world. The main attraction on your trip will be the Star of India that is a permanent fixture in downtown San Diego. It’s both a stunning and powerful demonstration of the power man developed over the sea. Moving through the tour you will also lay eyes on equally powerful machines like the USS Dolphin Submarine. This vessel was used primarily for underwater research and took part of many firsts for the Navy including submarine to aircraft laser communication.

If you are taking the tour with children they will no doubt love how interactive and entertaining it is. The museum allows little ones to touch the ships while learning about what they do and how they were used. Thousands of school children step aboard these ships every year along with many others who come with their families. You can be sure that both young and old alike will fall in love with these floating museums.

In addition to the artifacts, the Maritime Museum will also take you around the bay, for an extra fee, capturing a unique viewpoint of the city like you have never seen before. You can either make a day of it by sailing away on one of the ships docked here, or you can choose to visit the ships that are docked. Whatever you decide there is plenty for everyone in your family to enjoy.

Tips for your visit:

    • Come on July 4th and enjoy the best spot in the city to check out the fireworks
    • Check the schedule ahead of time to see if any special planned events are taking place
    • Bring sunscreen during summer travel visits as the decks of the ships see plenty of sunshine


Hours: Open daily - 9:00am - 8:00pm
Address/Map:  1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 234-9153
Website: Plan your visit to Maritime Museum of San Diego
Adults $16.00 | Senior, Military, Students (13-17 yrs) $13.00
Children (4-12 yrs) $8.00 | FREE for Children 3 and under