Hyde Street Pier
See the Historic sailing ships at Hyde Street Pier. Historic landmark vessels of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, Hyde Street Pier is home to the fleet of historic landmark vessels in the collection of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which is a unit of the National Park System. For a modest admission fee, visitors can board this fleet of turn-of-century historic ships.
The Park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages, and provides unique opportunities for learning more about our nation's maritime heritage. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, waysides, videos and Ranger-led tours. Access to Hyde Street Pier itself is free, offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Visitor Center, housed in its 1908 historic brick cannery warehouse at the corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets (also home to the Argonaut Hotel), is filled with interesting maritime interpretative material and unusual maritime artifacts. It includes "A Walk Along the Waterfront," a museum-quality walk-through exhibit that takes you on a stroll through San Francisco's historic waterfront, from the days of the original native tribes to the early 20th century period of industrialization. Cross Streets: Jefferson and Hyde. Hours of Operation: open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Across the street from Ghirardelli Square, in the beautiful setting of Aquatic Park, the historic Maritime Museum building looks out over San Francisco Bay, with sweeping views from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. Built in 1938 as a WPA economic recovery project, the museum building is a marvelous example of Art Deco style, and includes fanciful mural paintings and unique architectural motifs. The museum houses some of the Park's thousands of nautical artifacts, models and exhibits. It also serves as a stunning venue for outside events: weddings, meetings and gala celebrations. Cross Streets: Beach and Polk Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
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