Plan Your Research Visit

The Maritime Research Center provides access to the library, archives and museum collections and encourages research in maritime history and humanities.

Fairy lassoing a seahorse

W.S. Gilbert's The "Bab" Ballads (Library Collection)

The Maritime Research Center is open by appointment only, Tuesdays through Fridays. Appointments must be made at least twenty-four hours in advance. (Closed federal holidays.) Please contact us to make an appointment with a reference librarian, for assistance with your research, or for more information.

Please consult our Collections FAQ for detailed information on our policies.

Directions: The Maritime Research Center is located on the third floor of Building E, in Fort Mason Center (2 Marina Blvd., also known as Lower Fort Mason), located near the intersection of Buchanan and Marina Blvd. (Entrance across from the Marina Safeway.) Building E is the easternmost warehouse building, near the Festival Pavilion and the Firehouse building. Or, to put it another way, the Research Center is located at 37° 48.4' N, 122° 25.8' W, as charted by volunteers Larry Kellogg and Doug Burrill.

Accessibility: The main reading room is wheelchair accessible.

Wifi: Free wifi is available in the Reading Room.

Last updated: April 28, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2 Marina Boulevard,
Building E, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94123


415 561-7000
The public information office is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PST.

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