• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Free Exhibits

A small sailboat and other artifacts in the lobby of the maritime museum.

Part of the "America's Cup and Historic Racing on San Francisco Bay 1880-2013" exhibit in the Maritime Museum.


Free Exhibit at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

View the exhibit, Americas’s Cup and Historic Racing on San Francisco Bay – 1880s to 2013

Daily, 10am-4pm, in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, SF

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Maritime Museum celebrates the history of both San Francisco Bay racing and the America’s Cup – from the free-spirited yachtsmen of the 1880s to the high-tech sailors in the Cup races today -- with exhibits, artifacts, and photos of past races to augment the building’s sweeping Bay views. The park’s America’s Cup summer of racing exhibit is free to the public and open daily from 10am-4pm in the Maritime Museum, at 900 Beach Street, San Francisco.

In addition to displaying a rare model of the America (presented to the Cup finisher in 1851), the Museum’s lobby offers Racing on the Bay San Francisco Style, an exhibition featuring real boats from the early days – the 1938 sloop Mab, and an El Toro class boat (in addition to models, trophies and burgees from local Bay clubs). Displays include large photographs by Gilles Martin-Raget, Principal Photographer for the 34th America’s Cup, and historic Bay racing photos from the park’s collection.

For information call 415-447-5000.

Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...