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Festival of Sail Parade

Festival of Sail Parade

Festival of Sail Parade

Swift Boat at the Maritime Museum

Every Sunday, Saturday


Fragile Waters A powerful artistic and ecological statement through the inspiring black and white images of three renowned photographers and environmentalists — Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. The traveling exhibition of 119 photographs, many not previously exhibited, takes viewers from the snow-melt of the High Sierras at 12,000 feet elevation to far below the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Runs March 1 to September 15, 2015.
The museum's permanent exhibits include "Age of Sail," "Age of Steam," "Charting the Sea," "Harvesting the Ocean," and "San Diego's Navy." The museum fleet consists of the 1863 bark Star of India, the 1898 San Francisco ferryboat Berkeley, and the 1904 Scottish steam yacht Medea. The HMS Surprise, used in film Master and Commander, is permanently on exhibit; see artifacts, costumes, props used in making of the flick.

Also open for touring: the USS Dolphin, also known as the "world’s deepest-diving submarine"; and a B-39 Soviet attack submarine, among the largest conventionally powered submarines ever built. Nautical exhibits, ship carpenters, model building, ships in bottles, woodcarvers, complete research library.

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Business hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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