The museum object collections contain approximately 35,000 items that represent the lives of the men and women who built and sailed vessels along the Pacific Coast of North America as well as those who worked in maritime related industries or relied on the maritime community for their transportation needs. Among these items are artifacts dating back to San Francisco's gold rush days, as well as more recent items from the twentieth century, fine art, tools and equipment used in maritime endeavors, the personal effects of sailors and passengers, and parts of historic vessels.
Access to the Park's stored museum artifact and stored small craft collection is currently unavailable until fall 2014 as we move these collections to a new facility. The archival collections continue to be available via appointment. Decisions regarding potential new acquisitions to the museum collection will be deferred until January 2013 when the move is complete. If you are in need of research assistance during this time, please contact us. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Did You Know?
A modern container ship slips behind Balclutha on its way to port. Ocean routes are still the major highways of the world. Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, was an ocean-going cargo ship for 43 years, between 1886 and 1929.