San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is dedicated to showcasing the maritime history of the Pacific Coast. Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park features a fleet of historic vessels, a maritime museum, a state-of-the-art visitor center and a library/research facility. Sometimes referred to as the San Francisco Maritime Museum, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park also incorporates the Aquatic Park Historic District.

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park features a fleet of six historic vessels, which are moored at Hyde Street Pier and are open to visitors year-round. Located opposite the Hyde Street Pier, a state-of-the-art Visitor Center features information on the park and vessels and award-winning exhibits. A lawned area overlooking the Aquatic Park Cove and beach is situated just outside the Visitor Center where visitors can relax and soak up the beautiful views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Maritime Museum is located nearby in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, as well as the Maritime Research Center in the Fort Mason Building, just a short walk away. Photo: Zack Frank/Fotolia


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Historic Vessel Fleet

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park features a historic fleet of vessels which are moored at the Hyde Street Pier and consists of six beautifully preserved ships. Significant ships in the fleet include the Balclutha, a square-rigged sailing ship dating back to 1886; the C.A. Thayer, a purpose-built schooner from 1895; the Eureka, a steam ferryboat from 1890; the Alma, an 1891 built scow schooner; the Hercules, a steam tug dating back to 1907; and the Eppleton Hall, a 1914 built paddlewheel tug.

Maritime Museum

Located in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse, a beautiful Streamline Moderne building designed in late Art Deco style, the Maritime Museum is the centerpiece of the Aquatic Park Historic District, a National Historic Landmark situated at the end of Polk Street. Originally designed and built as a public bathhouse by William Mooser III in 1936, the building featured beautiful murals by artist and color theoretician Hilaire Hiler. Within the Maritime Museum is the Steam Room, which features exhibits that display the how maritime technology has developed and evolved from wind to steam. The second floor of the Museum features three photomurals of the San Francisco waterfront in its early years, while the top floor houses temporary and visiting exhibitions, as well as an exhibition of onboard radio technology for ships.

Maritime Research Center

Established in 1939, the Maritime Research Center is the primary resource for the maritime history of San Francisco and the Pacific Coast and features the largest maritime collection on the West Coast. The collections include archival and manuscript collections, naval architecture and marine engineering drawings, maps and charts, photographs, historical archaeology artifacts, pieces of folk and fine art, oral histories and audio recordings, and published titles. Also, included in the collection are motion picture films and videos, small craft, historical objects, and pieces of ephemera.

Visitor Center

Housed in the park's 1909 waterfront warehouse on the corner of Hyde and Jefferson Streets, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Visitor Center is a beautifully preserved four-story brick structure that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Visitor Center houses a variety of exhibits, including a shipwrecked boat and a first order Fresnel lighthouse lens, both of which tell the story of San Francisco’s diverse and vibrant maritime heritage. The center also features an information desk staffed by rangers and a theater. Things to Do in San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - Photo: Eric BVD/Fotolia

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Education & Visitor Information


The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners of all ages from curricula-based classroom activities and workshops to ranger-led and teacher-guided programs.

Visitor Information

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located on the Hyde Street Pier at 2905 Hyde Street, and the Pier is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Located in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building, the Maritime Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the Maritime Research Center is open by appointment only from Monday through Friday between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

San Francisco, CA 94109, Phone: 415-447-5000

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