Historic Pier 45
Pier 45 off Embarcadero | 415-775-1943 |Purchase Tickets
The USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a meticulously restored World War II diesel-electric powered submarine. Located at Historic Pier 45, in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, Pampanito is both a museum and a memorial to those who served in the “silent service.” Built in 1943, Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during which she sank six enemy ships and damaged four others. Open daily to the public, offering self-guided audio tours and (by prior arrangement) docent-led tours.
The Pampanito is open for visitors:
Sunday – Thursday 9am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 9am – 8pm
*Please call (415) 775-1943 for seasonal closing times.
Hyde Street Pier
Corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets | 415-447-5000 | Website
Located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, Hyde Street Pier is home to the fleet of historic landmark vessels in the collection of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which is a unit of the National Park System. For a modest admission fee, visitors can board this fleet of turn-of-century historic ships. The Park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages, and provides unique opportunities for learning more about our nation’s maritime heritage. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, waysides, videos and Ranger-led tours. Access to Hyde Street Pier itself is free, offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Maritime Research Center
2 Marina Blvd., Bldg. E, 3rd floor | 415-561-7030 | Website
Within the library collections are over 35,000 book and periodical titles dating from 1536 to the present, 50,000 pieces of ephemera, over 3000 maps and charts covering the Pacific Basin and the West Coast of the United States dating from 1650 to the present, audio, and video materials in multiple formats.
900 Beach Street | 415-447-5000 | Website
Across the street from Ghirardelli Square, in the beautiful setting of Aquatic Park, the historic Maritime Museum building looks out over San Francisco Bay, with sweeping views from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. Built in 1938 as a WPA economic recovery project, the museum building is a marvelous example of Art Deco style, and includes fanciful mural paintings and unique architectural motifs. The museum houses some of the Park’s thousands of nautical artifacts, models and exhibits. It also serves as a stunning venue for outside events: weddings, meetings and gala celebrations. Cross Streets: Beach and Polk Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
499 Jefferson Street | 415-447-5000 | Website
The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Visitor Center, housed in its 1908 historic brick cannery warehouse at the corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets (also home to the Argonaut Hotel), is filled with interesting maritime interpretative material and unusual maritime artifacts. It includes “A Walk Along the Waterfront,” a museum-quality walk-through exhibit that takes you on a stroll through San Francisco’s historic waterfront, from the days of the original native tribes to the early 20th century period of industrialization. Cross Streets: Jefferson and Hyde. Hours of Operation: open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm.