San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park


Contact Information:

San Francisco Maritime NHP
Building E, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123

Additional Information:
Official Park Page
SF Maritime National Park Association

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkLocated at the west end of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, this park includes the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a library/research facility. Visitors can board turn-of-the-century ships, tour the museum and learn traditional arts -- like boatbuilding and woodworking. The Park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages, and provides unique opportunities for docents, interns and volunteers to learn more about the nation's maritime heritage.


Visitors Center

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - Visitors CenterHoused in the Park’s 1907 historic Haslett Warehouse building, the Visitor Center tells the stories of voyage, discovery, and cultural diversity. High-tech exhibitry tells the story of San Francisco’s colorful and diverse maritime heritage in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s first Visitor Center. 



Historic Vessels/ Hyde Street Pier

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - BalcluthaThe Park's 100+ collection of traditional and significant Small Craft are a fine introduction to boatbuilding and the maritime trades.




Maritime Museum

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - Maritime Museum
Inside this ship-shaped, streamline-moderne structure, built as a WPA-project, mast sections, jutting spars and ships figureheads are arranged among the colorful fish and gleaming tiles of muralist Hilaire Hiler's expressionist vision of Atlantis. Displays include panels, video, oral history re-creations, models and interactive exhibits.



Ticket for Hyde Street Pier: $5.00 per person over 16 years of age (Good for 7 days)

Getting There:
From the South Bay (San Francisco International Airport/US101): Take 101 north. Follow the signs to 101 North Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Mission Street exit, at the bottom of the ramp follow the bulk of the traffic going right on Mission Street, two blocks later again follow the bulk of the cars left on Van Ness Avenue, follow Van Ness Avenue (north) about 30 blocks. Turn right on North Point Street (east), then turn left on Polk Street. The Museum Building is straight ahead.

From the East Bay (Bay Bridge): Take the first San Francisco exit (from either the left or right lanes -- Fremont Street or Harrison Street). At the bottom of the ramp turn right (north). Turn left onto the Embarcadero. Follow the flow of traffic past Pier 39 and on to Jefferson Street. Hyde Street Pier is about 5 blocks up on the right. To reach the Museum Building, continue on the Embarcadero. Turn left on to North Point Street (east), drive for about 10 block,. then turn right on Polk Street. From the North Bay (Golden Gate Bridge/Marin): Follow the Lombard Street exit. Turn north (left) on Van Ness Avenue. Turn east (right) on North Point Street, and then north (left) on Polk Street to the Museum Building.