Alerts & Conditions


March 17, 2022 Update:

As the National Park Service monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Access to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is as follows:

Open: Maritime Museum (Wednesday- Sunday), Hyde Street Pier, Ships: C.A. Thayer, Balclutha (main deck) and Hercules (tide dependent) , Aquatic Park, Municipal Pier

Closed: Visitor Center, Ships: Eureka, Balclutha (tween deck)

Masks are Optional

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, services may be limited. The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Find more information about the National Park Service’s response and operations at

December 3, 2021 Update:

On Thursday November 4, 2021 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park experienced extreme tidal swells and surges that resulted in this immediate need for maintenance and stabilization. This has required the closure of areas of the historic vessels and Hyde Street. As the frequency and intensity of storms increase coupled with King Tides, the collection of National Historic Landmark ships is particularly vulnerable. Therefore, the park is taking steps to close ships before another cycle of King Tides is expected between December 3-7, 2021 and again between January 1-5, 2022. The park is working hard to make vessels available to the public when possible.

The Visitor Center remains closed for pandemic related reasons. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Maritime Museum and the park's open space areas including Aquatic Park and the Aquatic Park Cove. Please #RecreateResponsibly, practice social distancing, wearing a face covering is optional but encouraged when near others, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

The Park will update the schedule below as the status of sites change. Updates will be shared via the park website and social media channels. For more information, you can contact the park at this email address.

Facilities and Spaces Currently Open:

Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street at the foot of Polk st. Hours: 10am - 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Hyde Street Pier at 2905 Hyde Street:
Hyde Street Pier is open 10 am – 5 pm daily (last entry at 4:30pm). Admission fee is requires. Admission fee will be waived on days when both Balcutha and Eureka are not open to the public.

Aquatic Park Cove

Aquatic Park Pier

Maritime Research Center is available by appointment.

Facilities Temporarily Closed:

Visitor Center at 499 Jefferson Street at the corner of Hyde Street.

National Historic Landmark Ship Schedule:

Here are the anticipated closure dates for the ships. This is an estimate that depends on changing weather and conditions. The schedule will be updated as changes occur.

C.A. Thayer : 12/3/2021 – 12/6/2021, closed. 12/7/2021 – May be re-opened. 12/27/2021 – 1/4/2022, closed. 1/5/2022 – reopened.

Balclutha: 12/3/2021 – 1/7/2022, closed. May be opened periodically when possible.

Hercules: Open when tides allow, and the tide cycle will reduce availability to certain hours from 12/1/21 to the first week of January 2022.

Eureka: (1890) 10/24/2021 – Closed due to storm damage, awaiting funding for repairs.

Last updated: March 17, 2022

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