• 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 »

Things To Do

To begin your visit, and speak with a park employee or volunteer, we recommend stopping by the Visitor Center. It is located at 499 Jefferson Street, SF, CA, 94109, across the street from Hyde Street Pier. Open seven days a week, 9:30am to 5pm, 415-447-5000.

A visit to the Visitor Center will orient you to the park and help you decide how best to enjoy this unique historical site.

Click on the Schedule of Events link on the right to see what is happening on the day you will be here.

Here are some of the activities offered:

Join park ranger-led interpretive programs and demonstrations on the historic ships and Hyde Street Pier

View exhibits in the Visitor Center and on Balclutha

Enjoy wayside exhibits and hands-on activities on Hyde Street Pier

Visit the Maritime Research Center, gateway to the park’s collections

Sing-a-long at Monthly and seasonal music events

View short films in the Visitor Center and on Balclutha

Visit the Maritime Museum

Go sailing on scow schooner Alma

Did You Know?

A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...