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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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Lower Fort Mason, Building E, Room 265
San Francisco, CA 94123



Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.

Hours + Fees


Visitor Center
(corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets/499 Jefferson)
9:30am-7pm (Memorial Day to September 30)
9:30am-5pm (October 1 to May 27)
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The Museum closed on July 10, 2006 for extensive renovations and will reopen in 2009. For more information, please call the Visitor Center, 415-447-5000.
(Foot of Polk Street/900 Beach Street)
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Hyde Street Pier
(Foot of Hyde Street/2905 Hyde Street)
9:30am-5:30pm (Memorial Day to September 30)
9:30am-5:00pm (October 1 to May 27)
Ranger Office: 415-561-7170
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Maritime Library
(Building E, Third Floor, Fort Mason Center)
The library is open by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 1:00pm-4:00pm.
415-561-7080 (recorded information)
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and most federal holidays.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

The park is located within the city limits of San Francisco, in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay.

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 go right on Mission Street, in two blocks go 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 (north). The Museum Building is straight ahead.

From the East Bay (Bay Bridge)
After crossing the bridge take the Fremont Street exit. 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, turn left on to Hyde Street and take the next right on to North Point Street. The museum is two blocks down (west) on the right.

From the North Bay (Golden Gate Bridge/Marin)
Follow the Lombard Street exit. Drive east on Highway 101 through the Presidio. Bear to the right and get on Lombard. In about a mile and a half turn left (north) on to Van Ness Avenue. In four blocks turn right (east) on to North Point Street, and then left (north) on Polk Street to the Museum Building.

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