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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Wooden bunks and baskets.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2015

Interpretive programs, events and exhibits in the visitor center and aboard 1886 Balclutha. See a replica of a Chinese shrimp junk. Come visit in May!

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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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A man floating on a surfboard with a small sail.

Conceptual Art Exhibit in Maritime Museum

"A New Deal: Continuing the Legacy of Maritime Art in the Park," includes site-specific, avant-garde works by Bay Area artists.

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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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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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A three-masted sailing ship.

Photo Galleries

Get a feel for the park by viewing these images.

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Two men jumping in front of a sunset.

100 Years: Let's celebrate!

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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