Maritime Museum of San Diego

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About Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego 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 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 “The Chocolate Festival”, “Pirate Buccaneer Birthday Bash”, “Festival of Sail each Labor Day weekend”, 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.

 Public Events

 The museum hosts many events throughout the year to engage visitors and bring history to life. Such past and annual events include:

 Festival of Sail each Labor Day weekend: A majestic celebration and opportunity to see the full Maritime Museum of San Diego fleet at sail.

Pirate Buccaneer Birthday Bash: Don your pirate outfit, dust off your eye patch and come on down to the Maritime Museum of San Diego! Pirate caps included for your lil rascals.

Sea Chantey Festival: Sailor’s songs come to life with life music recreating popular sea chanteys. Presented in partnership with the San Diego Folk Heritage.

Family Sleepovers: Each summer families travel back in time with the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s living history staff and spend a night aboard the Star of India, the world's oldest active ship.

How to Find Us

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located on Harbor Drive near the corner of Ash Street just a few blocks West of interstate 5.  From interstate 5 North or South take the "Airport" exit. Look for signs on the freeway and after exiting on to surface streets that read "Embarcadero-Maritime Museum." They will direct you to the museum.

 Maritime Museum of San Diego - Street Address:

1492 North Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

 Hours of Operation:

Open every day of the year

9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Summer hours starting at Memorial Day open until 9:00 p.m. till Festival of Sail.
During Festival of Sail (Labor Day weekend) 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.