Maritime Museums

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The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some excellent maritime and natural history museums.

Bay Model Visitor’s Center

Phone: (415) 332-3871   

The Bay Model is an amazing scale model of the bay, complete with flowing water. It was built to study the effects of proposed changes to the bay, and it continues to be used occasional for this purpo…

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Phone: (415) 339-3900   

At Fort Baker, between Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. “The Bay Area Discovery Museum uses the concept of ‘home’ for exploring the natural and cultural environments of the Bay Area – from distin…

Berkeley Marina Shorebird Nature Center

Crab Cove Visitor Center

Phone: 510 521-6887   

Marine Mammal Center

Phone: 415.289.7325   

Volunteers at the Marine Mammal Center rescue, rehabilitate, and release seals, sea lions, and other marine mammals that need help. Located on the Pacific coast of Marin, at the Headlands Center. Visi…

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

Phone: (415)447-5000   

The Maritime Park includes historic ships as well as an excellent museum (west of the pier), an extensive reference library (in Fort Mason, building E), and a visitor center (in the Argonaut Hotel bui…

Sausalito Historical Exhibit and Visitor Center

Phone: 415-332-0505   

Nice little museum with artifacts, photos, and stories of Sausalito’s past. Limited hours (call first)….

Tiburon Audubon Center

Phone: 415-388-2524   

Educational center located on Richardson Bay. Includes 11 acres of land and 900 submerged acres. Home to the Lyford House, which was moved here from the Tiburon residential area and houses a collectio…

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Phone: (707) 643-0077   

Museum includes history of Mare Island Naval Shipyard….