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"HMS" Surprise is a modern tall ship built at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. The vessel was built in 1970 as HMS Rose to a Phil Bolger design based on the original 18th-century British Admiralty drawings of HMS Rose, a 20-gun sixth-rate post ship from 1757.
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Lots of kind, knowledgeable volunteers wandering around to answer questions. Or, just talk about the vast amounts of fish that were caught right here off our beautiful San Diego coast. Look around the ceiling. There is a model of many of the fishing boats that used to catch tuna!! Special displays change regularly highlighting history of the sea and sailors. Just saw a great one on the tattoos of Navy men. You can watch experts rebuild and repair small models of beautiful ships. Get a penny squished here!
This place is amazing, the living history program is educational and entertaining. The sails around the bay in the tall ships are peaceful and fun to help as the crew lets you help sail and pull lines. Crew members are full of knowledge and willing to teach! Cant say enough good things about this museum!
Fairly interesting tour, with several ships to tour, but the one that really made an impression on us was the submarine. For some reason it just seemed much more real and fascinating as you wriggle through the entire length of the sub. Good stuff.
We go there frequently to look around the bay. This paticular morning a ship was coming in. It turned out to be a floating classroom sponsored by the University of Colorado. For 4 months the students traveled to 12 countries studying the same subjects they would have studied in their stationary classrooms back in Colorado! It was a beautiful site this particular morning with the ships in and a beautiful sunrise shining on all the happy students racing to see their greeted loved ones!
Had fun while waiting for my friends plane. The staff that you find around are very knowledgeable. The only thing is you actually have to FIND someone. Overall I had a great time.
Fun and interesting museum for kids and adults, and also very informative. Especially great for those with a big imagination. Star of India and the Berkley Ferry are the largest and have the most displays/info. Accessibility is mixed. Ramps lead to each of the ships/subs, but with the exception of the Ferry they all have at least a few stairs to get onto the vessel, and plenty of steep stairs once you get on. If you use a wheelchair and stairs are 100% not an option, there's good stuff to look at in the Ferry and even just looking at the vessels from outside is pretty cool. If you are able to navigate stairs with help, the Star of India is probably the most reward for your effort, and definitely worth trying (most displays are one level below the main deck). The subs and larger ships are pretty steady in the water and shouldn't make you seasick. The smaller ones can be a little wobbly, so proceed with caution or take Dramamine ahead of time if you're sensitive. All the bathrooms are very clean and modern, although some are wedged into whatever corner was available for retrofitting, so it might be a little awkward to use. The Russian submarine is cool but EXTREMELY cramped, so if you are the LEAST bit claustrophobic, don't go inside. If you are a larger person, have bad knees or back, or don't think you can fit through the four 2.5 foot portholes, don't go in. (They have a replica of the porthole so you can make sure you can get through before you go on.) The American Sub (USS Dolphin) is much better, but still a tight fit. Overall a great way to spend an afternoon and definitely worth the price of admission.
This place was pretty neat. I wish they had more details, labeled somehow so I knew what displays I was looking at. Some of them are marked. It would be nice to have a map with a description numbered to correspond with a number on a display. So I think they could spend a little more money on explanations. Other than that it was a great place to explore and look around. At times I found myself alone in the sub and it gave me an eerie sense of what it must have been like to be a sailor waiting for the signal that war was about to breakout. Creepy and also reflective of the men who came before us and lived these jobs. If you like submarines and ships you are going to enjoy this Museum.
Fantastic value. The museum has a number of excellent exhibits, and the story of the restoration of the Star of India is particularly fascinating. You'll also get to explore a Soviet submarine with a great display currently underway on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and learn a lot about the history of sailing. Well worth an afternoon.
We had a great time visiting the Maritime Museum here in San Diego. They have the largest collection of ships and boats that I've ever seen at a museum, it was without a doubt a unique experience. By our third visit, we had wished that we had started off with buying a family membership because it was obvious that we loved coming down to walk around the vessels and spend quality family time talking about Maritime history.
What an awesome place to visit! We had some down time during our business conference and stopped by to see the ships. What a great collection of history! Really loved the Star of India. Everyone on board seemed to really care about the ship and loved to give details. They even had kids aboard ready to stay the night on the ship! They had them marching around singing sea songs. It was awesome. Definitely check this place out!
I went here to take my nephew and was pleasantly surprised instead of kind of bored(which I thought I would be). Quite a few ships to see, even tho two were closed when I visited. I liked the variety and easy metered parking.
Museum was nice but we missed the boat ride because they didn't tell us the times on boat and they were unable to refund us the money. Its $18 each for the museum and an extra $7 for the 45 min boat ride around the bay. Bring good walking shoes you will be walking in and out of 7 ships.
Wonderful collection of ships, boats, and submarines open go the public to explore. The staff is very friendly and extremely helpful, ready to answer all of your questions and educate you on the history of the ships. Great sightseeing spot in San Diego, and very family friendly. Hopefully you visit on a day when the water isn’t moving too much because you can get a little sea sick if not used to the movement.
Well worth a visit. I spent around 6 hours going through the ships and the two submarines. It was nice to see the large steam engines in the ferry and how small the submarines were. I also liked being able to see through the periscope (one picture below)
This is a magnificent maritime museum. Sea excursions are impressive. A wonderful collection of ships, boats and submarines is open for visiting. The staff is very friendly and very helpful, ready to answer all your questions and tell you about the history of the ships. We spent about 6 hours, passing through ships and two submarines. Interesting and interesting museum for children and adults, as well as very informative. Particularly a great time for those who are fond of this, who have a great imagination and love films related to ships, like "pirates of the Caribbean". A great place, worth a visit. I recommend!
Don't be fooled by the modest ticket booth and entrance. This place is amazing! Old ships and submarines up close! You can get right on board all of these vessels and go below decks. The Russian submarine and narrated story were our favorite.
Very informative, good day trip. Lots of activities offered. They offer a boat tour. You can walk through several boats submarines and ships. There is a gift shop. Nice staff. Good for families.
Everyone else has already given insights into the museum experience, so I'll go at it from another angle. The Maritime Museum of San Diego is such a great organization. Run mostly by volunteers, their dedication to sharing knowledge and history is untainted by consumerism. It's hard to find that these days. When you visit the museum, talk to the volunteers. They are bursting with knowledge and excitement!
We really enjoyed this museum. There are multiple ships including two submarines that you can explore. The displays are interesting and on point for the purpose of the museum. The Star of India is beautifully restored and really gives you an idea of life in that era.