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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building

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Find everything seaworthy - ship models, ship relics, scrimshaw, whaling gear and figureheads - in this free maritime museum.
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900 Beach St, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94109-1002
Fisherman’s Wharf
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Reviewed 18 December 2018

It is certainly an attention grabbing assembly. In the shape of a nautical theme it houses some interesting exhibits. At our visit the main exhibition was the Voyage of the Mermaid, describing a sea journey from Japan to San Francisco. Model ships, ships in a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank permia
Reviewed 9 December 2018

20 minutes that will teach you a historical summary of San Francisco's bayside industry. Beautiful photos up to a hundred years old. Check out the story of Kenichi Horie who traversed solo from Japan to San Francisco in the 1960's in a boat the size...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bill s
Reviewed 10 November 2018

Okay, a long title for a review, but it accurately sums up our observations from our short visit here. The building is very interesting. Designed in the Streamline Moderne style of the late Art Deco period and built under the auspices of the city and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 20 October 2018

This is a very small museum with not much to see. We spent 5 minutes here and left. Just as well that entry is free. We spent a bit more time walking around the Aquatic Park before going to Fisherman's Wharf.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PlanetOz
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Very interesting presentations and photo display. I notched it higher because one of the curators came over and starting telling us stories about the ship we were admiring. It really gave the museum a personal touch. plus the view from the balcony overlooking the little...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Webbuzzard
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit early in the morning, get the Powell & Hyde cable car when it’s less busy (no need to queue) and sit on the right for the best views on tthen wander past the Maritime Museum watching the swimmers having their early morning...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most engaging museums of its kind. Gives sense of the city over time that I never appreciated prior to coming in here.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank QuartzSand
Reviewed 30 May 2018

If you are at Fisherman's Wharf, this is a must see if you are interested in history. There are some very interesting exhibitions to view and its free (or you can give a donation). There are taped recordings to listen to and a video presentation,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Caryn W
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

This place is more about the building. The Volunteer on duty Gregg was a a nice guy who filled us in on the history of the place. Ie it is more of a tribute to the building with some maritime relics than a maritime museum....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank adamr857
Reviewed 7 April 2018

We loved the photographic exhibition in this museum - photos that are over 100 years old and so evocative of the time in which they were taken. The Art Deco building is gorgeous too.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank DebbieWoWos
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