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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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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Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Get outside, get some exercise and meet new people. First Saturday of every month, rain or shine, 10am-noon. Free ranger-led walks. 12/5 and 1/2/2016.

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Holiday Celebrations

Join us Saturday, Dec. 12 for two fun holiday events: "Celebrations at Sea" featuring live music, and Old Time Maritime Christmas, with lamplit tours.

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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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We've Gone Social!

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

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A black and white photo of two boys and a dog standing on the deck of a 19th century sailing ship.

Mascots at Sea

Animals have always been important members of a ship's crew. Dogs, cats, parrots...but would you believe monkeys, polar bears, pigs, and goats?!

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The NPS turns 100 years old in 2016!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! Get up, get out there, and find your park!

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