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Earth Cam San Francisco - EarthCam and the South End Rowing Club bring you a breathtaking view of San Francisco bay from the heart of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. From this vantage point you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

San Francisco Maritime museum - A Historic National Park

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. The Steamship Room illustrates the technological evolution of wind-to-steam power. The Mermaid, the one-man sailboat that transported a solo adventurer across the Pacific from Japan in 94 days, is displayed on the balcony, along with a statue by San Francisco sculptor Beniamino Bufano. The current third floor exhibit is " Sparks, Waves and Wizards: Communications at Sea." Second floor displays include three photomurals of early the early San Francisco waterfront, lithographic stones, scrimshaw and whaling guns.
The Museum is one many Park areas offering alternative use. For details visit the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association's Facility Rental information page. Or contact the Special Events Associate at (415)561-6662 ext. 18.
Open daily, year-round, 10am-5pm all year. Admission the Museum is free. A limited number of accessible parking spaces are located at the entrance to the Museum Building. The first floor of the Maritime Museum is accessible (there is a photo album at the front desk which shows the exhibits on the second floor).

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San Francisco Bay Area Historic Vessels

San Francisco Maritime History Library and Document Resourses

San Francisco Bay Ferries + Maritime Transportation

  • Blue and Gold Fleet
    Blue & Gold Fleet is the Bay Area's largest provider of ferry and water excursion services. Blue & Gold Fleet is the exclusive provider of tours to Alcatraz under concession to the National Park Service. Additionally, we offer a range of cruises including spectacular Bay Cruises, ferries to Sausalito, Tiburon, Alameda/Oakland, Vallejo and Angel Island, as well as tours to the Wine Country, San Francisco City Tour, Monterey/Carmel, Muir Woods, Yosemite National Park and Six Flags Marine World®. Blue & Gold Fleet also charters vessels for private and business events and offers transportation to Pacific Bell Park during baseball season.

    The Blue and Gold Fleet PIER 41 Marine Terminal, San Francisco, CA, 94133
    (415) 705.8200 Administrative Offices
    (415) 705.5555 Tickets
    (415) 705.5429 Facsimile

  • Red and White Fleet
    Experience the highlights of beautiful San Francisco Bay through a variety of exciting tours on land and at sea, offered by the Red and White Fleet ® San Francisco's original sightseeing tradition since 1892.
    Pier 43-1/2
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    General Information:415-673-2900
    Reservations: 415-901-5254
    FAX: 415-447-2794

  • Golden Gate Ferry / Ferries
    General Information 415-921-5858

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