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, Star of India. Experience 500 years of seafaring history from sail to steam to submarine with just one ticket. Visitors may also add an on the water historic bay cruise to learn more about San Diego Bay and or deep military roots.
The Maritime Museum’s tall ship schooner Californian and galleon replica San Salvador take passengers sailing on San Diego Bay most weekends.
The Museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce and exploration and stages popular public events year round including the popular “Pirate Days” and family overnights aboard 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 Maritime Museum of San Diego historic vessel collection includes the National Historic Landmark Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley, 1863 barque rig Star of India, 18th century royal navy frigate replica featured in the award-winning motion picture Master And Commander, HMS Surprise, and now America’s West Coast Discovery ship San Salvador, a replica of the vessel European explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542.
The Museum’s collection also includes the 1904 steam yacht Medea, 1914 Pilot boat and Vietnam-era PCF 816 Swift boat plus the USS Dolphin and Soviet navy foxtrot submarine.
Several ships in the fleet play host to more than 200 private events each year including weddings, private parties, pirate themed birthday events for young and old, corporate or convention receptions, civic/community group networking events, meetings and seminars, and team building charters.
Founded in 1948, Maritime Museum of San Diego grew out of the earlier efforts of a group of local historians and maritime enthusiasts who acquired the sailing ship Star of India in 1927. Now fully restored, the Star of India is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsmen and sailed at least once a year.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
NEW MARITIME ART EXHIBITS NOW OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30
Arthur Beaumont “Art of the Sea” and “At Shore & Sea” Plein Air Paintings On Display for a Limited Time at Maritime Museum of San Diego
A fresh new visual display of passion to share our connection to the sea, plus the naval history and outdoor lifestyle San Diegans embrace.
Maritime Museum of San Diego is proud to announce the opening of two new exhibits for maritime and art enthusiasts Saturday, February 23 – September 30, 2019. The new exhibitions are included with general admission ticket purchase and located aboard the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley Gould Eddy and Compass galleries.
Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea” curated by The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine will be open in the Gould Eddy gallery, located on the lower deck of the Berkeley. Beaumont’s body of work encompasses numerous portraits of specific naval vessels, including mighty aircraft carriers and battleships as well as personal yachts of presidents and celebrities. His art portrays not only admirals but also common sailors and soldiers. They formed the core of his series of significant wartime commissions for National Geographic Magazine. In 1958, Beaumont was named Artist Laureate of the U.S. Fleet.
To the artist Arthur Beaumont (1890-1978), the sea and the vessels that sailed on it held endless fascination. He sought to create an artistic record of the activities and accomplishments of the U.S. Navy, from the launching of the U.S.S. Constitution, to the fierce battles of World War II, to the Atomic Bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, and to the expeditions to the North and South Poles. All these historic events are recorded in his paintings.
Open concurrently with the Beaumont art exhibit, the Museum is proud to introduce “At Shore & Sea” on display in the Compass Gallery located on the main level of the Berkeley. This art exhibit features submissions from members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN). The artists of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego have been on the plein air scene since 1999, painting the essence of San Diego, whose very identity is uniquely defined by the sea. PAPASAN members paint San Diego’s beautiful beaches, tidepools, estuaries, harbors and marinas. The art of painting en plein air, or painting outdoors, is an essential endeavor for an artist. Plein air painting is perhaps one of the most difficult genres to master.
This group of professional fine artists are regionally and nationally known, have independently exhibited their works in museums and galleries throughout the country, and are members of national professional art organizations. Many of their works appear in national art publications, and some are included in recently published books such as California Light: Seascapes and Beach Towns. They continue to contribute to the artistic record of San Diego, especially documenting its vibrant maritime scene.
Visits to all exhibits found aboard the Museum’s historic fleet are included with one general admission ticket purchase. Visitors can purchase tickets to the Maritime Museum of San Diego at sdmaritime.org or visit the ticket booth and Gift Shop located at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309. For more information, call 619.234.9153.
May 25 | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea at the Maritime Museum
Hosted by: Maritime Museum of San Diego
Jun 22 | 2:00 pm - 9:00 am
Hosted by: Maritime Museum of San Diego
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