We all know that Balboa Park is home to some of the best museums in San Diego, but there are other phenomenal museums to explore just minutes away. One such place is the San Diego Maritime Museum. Located on the North San Diego Harbor, this unique museum “enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels.” When you visit, you’ll find the Star of India, a San Diego historic site you don’t want to miss, plus one of the best collections of historic ships in the world, interesting exhibits, and so much more.
What You’ll Find
The Star of India and Other Impressive Ships
The shining attraction at the Maritime Museum of San Diego is the Star of India. This beautiful seafaring vessel was built in 1863 on the British Isle of Man. Today, she is the world’s oldest active sailing ship. When you visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego, you’ll find this ship, plus an extensive collection of other historic vessels, including steam boats, military ships, a submarine, and much more.
Unique and Informative Exhibits
In addition to its impressive fleet of historic ships, the Maritime Museum of San Diego also has an array of museum exhibits to discover. With a combination of temporary and permanent exhibits, every visit to the museum is slightly different. But, no matter when you visit, you’ll find plenty of interesting information about maritime history in San Diego and around the world.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is a great place to go if you’re looking for a way to experience San Diego from the water. Each day, the historic 1914 Pilot sets sail for five 45-minute history cruises. And on the weekends, Swift Boat offers two 75-minute tours covering the military history of San Diego bay. In addition, the museum hosts many other On the Water Adventures, including whale watching, sailing, and more!
Throughout the year, The Maritime Museum of San Diego hosts a wide variety of exciting events. For example, the holiday season features a Parade of Lights and the Black and Gold New Year’s Eve party. Throughout the year, you’ll find other special events including music concerts, Sailor Days, film screenings, boat tours, and more!
How to visit the San Diego Maritime Museum
The San Diego Maritime Museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during peak season. After Labor Day weekend, the museum closes just an hour earlier at 8 p.m. General admission for adults is $16, however, seniors, students, and children can take advantage of reduced rates. And, if you’re visiting the museum as a family, you can purchase a Family Package. You may purchase tickets online or when you arrive at the museum!
Other Museums Nearby
If maritime history isn’t really your thing, don’t worry. Thanks to Balboa Park and the wide variety of historic sites throughout the city, San Diego is bursting at the seams with great museums to explore. No matter what you’re interested in, there is bound to be an exciting and educational destination for you. In addition to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, you might want to visit these other interesting and informative museums:
- Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
- Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
- San Diego Air & Space Museum
- San Diego Museum of Art
- San Diego Railroad Museum
- The New Children’s Museum
- USS Midway Museum
- Plus dozens of other great destinations at Balboa Park!
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