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Maritime Museum of San Diego

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Being the home to one of the world’s most historical ships, Star of India (1863), the Maritime Museum of San Diego has been educating visitors (220,000 annual attendance) about the Pacific maritime history for many years.

Founded in 1948, the museum has hosted ten beautifully designed ships including the 1968 US Navy submarine USS Dolphin, the 1904 Steam Yacht Medea, the 1967 Soviet Attack Submarine B-39, and the 1898 Steam Ferry Berkeley. 

Step inside to see the history of the naval presence in San Diego. Questions you may have had such as did you know San Diego harbor was not deep enough to allow large Navy ships to come through? Over the course of 100 years, San Diego now has grown to be one of the largest naval bases in the Pacific.

You can take a look at the technology and tools fishermen used to harvest in the exhibit Commercial Fishing and Navigation. San Diego was once the tuna capital of world.


The Age of Steam exhibit has engines on display, and you can learn how much impact the steamboats had on time. With steam engines, weather was not an issue like it was with sailboats that depend upon the wind. Steam engines meant people and shipments went to places at a scheduled time. The Age of Sail exhibit is where you will see the Star of India. Visual and hands-on displays are available as visitors can learn how sails work, and how people lived aboard them.

At the time of publishing, general museum admission is $16.00 for adults, $8.00 for children ages three to 12, $13.00 for seniors 62+, military and students 13 to 17. Other ticket packages are available.

For donations to the museum visit:

Visit the museum by boat; transient space is available at San Diego Marriott Marina (619-230-8955). The museum is a short walk north of the marina.

Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. For more information call 619-234-9153 Ext 101 or visit 

By Melissa McMahon

Photos courtesy of Maritime Museum of San Diego


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