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Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime Historical Park

New Deal Works Progress Administration section of a mural of a mermaid

Section of a New Deal Works Progress Administration Mural in the Maritime Park Museum

Take a Trip on a Historical Ship

Is there a better way to connect to San Francisco Bay’s nautical past than by arriving at historical sites by boat? Learn about the Bay’s past while exploring historical ships, touring art studios, and visiting museums in historical buildings – all set to the gorgeous backdrop of San Francisco Bay. There are many more sites to discover than are listed here. Grab a paddle and explore!

San Francisco Maritime Historical Park

Visit the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to learn about San Francisco Bay’s rich maritime history. The visitor center, located on Jefferson and Hyde Street in a historic 1908 brick cannery warehouse, has exhibits that tell the stories of voyages and discovery of San Francisco. Take a walk on the Hyde Street Pier to see the floating historical ships (tours and programs are also available).

The Maritime Park Museum, located in Aquatic Park on Polk Street, is housed in the Bathhouse, an art deco building built by the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939 to resemble a ship. The National Park Service has restored impressive WPA murals covering the interior walls. They are a treat to see.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park website