Where Your Imagination Can Travel to the 19th Century

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.

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A historic photo of the bow section of a 19th century full-rigged sailing ship.

The Historic Ships

Discover the collection of historic vessels at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

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People on the pier enjoying a musical performance.

Sea Music Festival on Hyde Street Pier

Mark those calendars for Saturday, September 12, 2015 for a fun, music-filled day on Hyde Street Pier and the historic ships. Fun for all ages.

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Scow schooner ALMA sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Go Sailing on San Francisco Bay

Sail San Francisco Bay aboard the 1891 National Landmark scow schooner ALMA! First sail of the 2015 season on June 4, 2015.

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Female holding a sextant to her eye in silhouette against an orange background.

Set your sights on what's happening at the park

Click on the link below for a listing of park events and programs.

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27th Annual Sea Music Concert Series This Fall

Experience the beauty of chanteys and seafaring ballads aboard the historic square-rigger Balclutha this September, October, and November.

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A painting of a full-rigged ship in stormy seas called LEE SHORE by W. A. Coulter. SAFR5332

Discover Our Collections

Discover the largest museum collection in the NPS. Extensive library, archival, small craft and object collections are available for research.

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A three-masted sailing ship.

Photo Galleries

Get a feel for the park by viewing these images.

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The arched, brick, entryway to an exhibit in the park visitor center with the words A Walk Along The Waterfront in gold-colored lettering.

"The Waterfront" exhibit

We invite you to walk through time as you see, hear, and touch San Francisco's historic working waterfront in this exhibit in the visitor center.

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We've Gone Social!

Please check out our social media. See you online, and in the park!

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