Address: Pier 45, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Phone: +1 415-775-1943
Very good WWII sub near pier 39 in San Francisco. Good audio tour taking you through the whole submarine ship. $20 for adults and $15 for youth. They give a pretty significant discount for military. Lots of good history. Kids really enjoyed it(age 11 and 12) as did I (age...older than 12) Worth the money in my opinion.
That was amazing! And, also, makes me extremely grateful I've never had to live in one! Submarines must be on the top 10 list of most steampunk things ever built. The fact that any of those wheels, knobs, or switches ever worked is impressive, let alone all at the same time!
My two kids and I got there right when it opened on a Sunday at 9am. We pretty much had the entire sub to ourselves, which was amazing. The free audio tour was well done and added a lot of value to the experience, even keeping my 7 and 9 year old entertained. It was awesome to take a walk through history and appreciate the conditions that our sailors endured for our country. Admission was a bit pricy for the 45-minute audio tour ($20 adults, $10 for kids, though it is San Francisco), but it was worth it to contribute to such an important museum. Visitors must be physically able to go up and down very steep stairs and be able to step through reasonably small bulkhead hatches. Highly recommended for adults and kids alike.
Cool submarine. Love ship tours, Not for people who are claustrophobic. But fascinating to be in. Worth a trip if you have never been in one.
The submarine tour was pretty cool. You genuinely get to go into a WW2 submarine from end-to-end. However, I think they could've done so much more. Yes, you get an audio tour and we didn't have the opportunity to trigger it. But compared to the ticket prices, the submarine internals aren't simply that large. Despite going through all the nooks and crevices, we were done in 20 mins or so (very few others were around). I think this maritime museum definitely has substance. But I do think that crafting the experience around it would've been much better, starting from pre-boarding, learning about the basics of the submarine, etc. and then finally seeing what one has learned within the actual submarine, and so forth. This just shows that a lot of historical museums lack funding and donations to properly design and craft visitor experience. Decent experience but again, a bit too short for the price.
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