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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »

The Visitor Center

High-tech exhibitry tells the story of San Francisco's colorful and diverse maritime heritage in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's Visitor Center.

A First Order Fresnel lighthouse lens, a magnificent brass structure encasing hundreds of precisely polished prisms, guides visitors through the door.

Once inside, they can get a heading from uniformed Park Rangers staffing an information desk, or simply sail through the fun and interactive panels and displays.

Housed in the Park's 1908 historic brick cannery warehouse, visitor center exhibits tell the stories of voyage, discovery and cultural diversity. Since 1849, the world has rushed through the Golden Gate, and each wave of population or industry has left its own fascinating imprint on America's West Coast (and the City by the Bay). How would you like to explore the salty old waterfront of the town sailors used to call "Frisco?" Visit "The Waterfront" exhibit. (Opened Feb. 2012)

The visitor center is located at 499 Jefferson Street at the corner of Hyde Street. It is open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm. For park information please call, 415-447-5000, during business hours.

Did You Know?

A boy holding a bucket and feeding chickens on the deck of a lumber schooner.

Children also went to sea with their families. Here a boy feeds the chickens standing on a load of lumber stowed on the deck of a lumber schooner. More...