The list is generally in the following format:
Always check the listed website or call ahead to confirm hours and admission fees!
As you will see, I don't have all the information for all the places, and am always interested in reports of visits to these places, so please email reports, additions, corrections and updates to me, Joe Cali-Poutre, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Even if you don't think you have a maritime museum nearby, check your phone book and local tourist information sources - you might be surprised. I have listings for several landlocked U.S. states, including Iowa and Kentucky.
Some information here was confirmed and/or corrected using the Sea Classics magazine annual Naval and Maritime Museums issue and OPSail'92, the Official Magazine of Operation Sail.
Another list of Maritime Museums which have an online presence
was maintained by Bob Smith at the following URL:
For the rest of the world, please follow this link to the Worldwide Naval and Maritime Museums list:
Links by state or commonwealth name:
District Of Columbia
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
2060A Airport Road
City of Mobile Museum
Models of American Civil War ships
Long Island, Castle Bluff
Demilitarized coastal defense fort.
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Pilgrim Brig (replica)
Spirit of Dana Point Replica of 1770s privateer
Tours are available of the Pilgrim, a copy of the ship Henry Dana sailed on and described in Two Years Before the Mast; call for information.
S.S. Catalina Preservation Association
18242 West McDurmott, Suite J
Hoping to raise the S.S. Catalina from the bottom of Ensenada Harbor in Baja California and restore her as close as possible to her original form.
The Maritime Museum of Monterey
The Stanton Center, Historic Custom House Plaza
Tue-Sun and major holidays 1000-1700
Longer hours in summer
U.S. Lighthouse Society
FDR Memorial Park
66 Jack London Sq.
Potomac Presidential yacht
Potomac served Franklin Roosevelt during his presidency.
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
Daily 100-1700 except major holidays
USS Midway CV 41
Veterans Memorial Center and Museum Balboa Park
In the former chapel of the Naval Hospital
Houses a collection of memorabilia and papers. Dedicated to veterans of all conflicts.
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
Pier 45 on Fisherman's Wharf
Pampanito SS 383
National Liberty Ship Memorial
Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf
Mon-Fri 0900-1500, Sat-Sun 0900-1600
Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty ship
The last unaltered Liberty ship. Still operating.
Treasure Island Museum
410 Palm Avenue
(AC Transit bus "T" from Transbay Terminal, Mission at Second St. Get off just inside gate, first building, plain view)
On an island in the bay, museum of US sea combat in the Pacific.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way
Spirit of Dana Point Tall ship
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Berth 84 - foot of Sixth Street
Admission free, one dollar donation per adult is requested.
Swift of Ipswich Topsail schooner
Angels Gate ST class Tug
Ocean Waif Racing yawl
Ralph J. Scott Fireboat #2
Two Monterey fishing boats (1917 and 1927 vintage)
Largest maritime museum on the west coast of North America. Operated by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks.
Occupies the former Municipal Ferry Building, a 75,000 sq. ft. art deco structure located on the main channel of the port. Holds one of the largest collections of ship models in the U.S. Swift is used for youth sail training. Gate is listed on the National Historic Vessel list. Waif is the original Angleman Seawitch prototype. Centerpiece of John Gibson Park which includes the National Merchant Marine Memorial, the USS Los Angeles (CA-135) Mainmast naval memorial and Education Center of the Museum where American Sail Training Association endorsed youth development classes are held. Internships are available through university and college programs worldwide. Scott is part of the John Gibson Park. Research facilities include a 5,000 volume library and a major archive of maritime photographs. 16"/50 barrel on display.
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin St., in the former City Hall
HMS Rose Sail warship
Moved to the west coast, in San Diego, California. Used in filming of "Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World".
HMB DeBraak - parts of a wrecked 1798 British Warship & artifacts on display
Naval Bombardment of Lewes in 1813; the first Dutch Settlement in DE; Delaware River and Bay Pilots
Wilmington Maritime Center
The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial is no more, and the cutter Mohawk is now sitting in Staten Island, NY.
United States Marine Corps Museum
Bldg. 58, Navy Yard
Detailed history of the Marines, with a series of glass case filled with memorabilia from different time periods, opposing a wall of quotes, pictures and paintings. Some of the descriptions are hard to read due to the lack of light. Also a gallery of photos and/or paintings on a rotating schedule, and a series of miniature battle scenes.
Naval Historical Center
Information currently available includes bibliographies, active ship levels from 1917 to present, aviation squadron lineages, and ordering information for NHC publications.
The Smithsonian Institution
Constitution Ave. at 12th St.
Philadelphia Sail gunboat
Remains of first warship built in what would become the USA, in the Hall of Armed Forces History(?). Operated by Army, as Navy wasn't yet formed. Ship models are on display in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise, the Technology building and the Air and Space Museum.
History of pirates of the Caribbean, using display and historical memorabilia, including one of only two genuine skull-and-crossbones flags.
The Wrecker's Museum
322 Duval St.
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
81 Lighthouse Ave.
Savannah Maritime Museum
Japanese Type-A midget submarine
Captured on Guam at the end of WW2
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
11 Arizona Memorial Drive
Admission fee, can be combined with Missouri tour (see below)
Bowfin SS 287
Outside are a 2-man Japanese sub and a Regulus I. Now has artifacts from USS Kamehameha, a former ballistic missile and special operations submarine.
Army Museum at Battery Randolf
Shore defence battery, though no guns are left.
Missouri is moored at the other end of Battleship Row from Arizona.
Utah AG 16 (Target ship), ex-BB 31
Ford island is still a Naval base, so call ahead for information.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
U-505 Sub (German)
Type IXC U-boat was captured by CVE USS Guadalcanal during WWII. Museum has an exhibit called "Ships Through the Ages." Included in the museum entrance fee ($7.00). Tour is self-guided, with tape players giving a narrative.
American Academy of Industry
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
2nd St., Ice Harbor
William M. Black Sidewheeler dredge
Upper Mississippi navigational history including a collection of vessels
Keokuk River Museum
George M. Verity Steam sternwheeler
Museum of the Mississippi and riverboats.
Naval Civil War Museum of the Western Theater
USS Louisville Replica ironclad (building
The National WW II Museum
945 Magazine St.
U. S. Naval Academy
Mon-Sat: 0900-1700, Sun: 1100-1700
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's
Photo ID is required for admission to the Naval Academy grounds
X-1 Experimental mini-sub
The Academy is National Historic Shrine, containing multitude of monuments and relics, including foremast of BB USS Maine and crypt of John Paul Jones.
Museum run by the U.S. Naval Institute. Contains a brand new model ship gallery which contains some of the most spectacular items from the Naval Academy's impressive model ship collection.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
133 Bay Shore Drive
No admission charge
The museum has the definitive collection of the maritime history of the Annapolis area including the sailing and yachting history of the Chesapeake Bay. For information contact Mike Miron email@example.com
Baltimore Maritime Museum
Torsk AGSS 423
Taney WHEC 37 (USCG cutter)
Chesapeake Lightship #116
Taney is the last remaining armed ship afloat, Japanese or American, from the Pearl Harbor attack (she was at Honolulu).
Project Liberty Ship
Phone: Ship: 410-558-0646
0900-1500 Wed and Sat when in port - call ahead
John W. Brown Liberty ship #312
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Pride of Baltimore II Sailing ship
Aubrey L. Higgins Lighthouse tender
Pride is an interpretation of a "Baltimore Clipper". The first was lost at sea some years ago; there is a monument nearby, with one of her masts.
Radcliffe Maritime Museum
201 W. Monument St.
Minnie V Skipjack
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Canal runs from Rock Creek in Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, Md. There are visitor's centers in Georgetown and Great Falls Tavern, Hancock, and Cumberland, MD.
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Congress Street Bridge
Beaver II Replica brigantine
All about the Boston Tea Party. Beaver II is a replica of one of the ships involved.
Nobska Passenger steamboat
Nantucket II WLV 613
Last lightship built in the US, and served on the last lightship station. Moored in drydock #2 at the shipyard, a few hundred yards from USS Constitution (just outside the National Park). She is capable of getting underway under her own power.
Marine Museum of Fall River
70 Water St.
History of Fall River Line, steam power. >100 models, including a 28' Titanic.
Several important vessels, including one of the last WWII chase boats.
Nantucket Life Saving Museum
0930-1600 June 15-Columbus Day, other times by special arrangement
Admission fee, group discount
Various lifesaving equipment on display
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Kendall Institute at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
Half-size model of whaler Lagoda in main building.
U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum
739 Washington Street, by the Fore River bridge
Admission fee. Groups should phone ahead.
Admission charge. Groups of ten or more are asked to call ahead to schedule.
Guided and self-guided tours available. (Guided tours subject to tour guide availability.)
Salem CA 139
U-5075 German "Seehund" minisub
At former Fore River shipyard. Guided and self-guided tours available, subject to tour guide availability. Ship is being maintained as she would have been in service.
USNSM also contains a "Military Archives and Ordnance Collection" with a vast collection of military records, documents, artifacts, etc. ranging from the Revolution to the present.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
174 Derby St.
Friendship is a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman, a three-masted 350-ton ship that sailed on trading voyages all over the world before being captured by the British in 1812. Guided tours are available.
This 30-ton schooner sails three times daily from Memorial Day through Halloween, taking the paying public on cruises upon historic Salem Sound. Replica of the 1812 privateer FAME
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
Maritime heritage "discovery center" featuring over 8,000 square-feet of exhibits on the Great Lakes, shipwrecks, archaeology and maritime history. Auditorium for showing films and live video feeds from Thunder Bay shipwrecks, an archaeological conservation laboratory, and an education resource room.
Located in Lake Huron, preserve was established in 2000 to protect an estimated 200 historically significant shipwrecks ranging from nineteenth century wooden side-wheelers to twentieth century steel-hulled steamers.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse
Johnson and Water Streets, just east of Soo Locks
Phone: 888-744-7867 or 906-632-3658
Valley Camp Lake ore freighter
Contains a museum of Great Lakes shipping. In dry dock.
River of History Museum
531 Ashmun Stree
Duluth Arena-Auditorium, Hwy 61
350 Harbor Dr.
William A. Irvin Iron ore carrier
Lake commerce and boat technology.
The Gray and Blue Naval Museum
1102 Washington St.
Mon - Sat 0900-1700
Displays include: 86 models of Civil War gunboats, 250 square foot diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg, "Life on the River" including models of riverboats, and a display called "The Mississippians" of 55 vessels with names related to the Mississippi.
Cape May Lighthouse
Park grounds are open dawn to dusk. There is a fee to climb the lighthouse steps - 218 of them.
Also nearby on the beach is the remains of a coast defence gun emplacement. During WWII it was on a bluff, but time and erosion have moved the beach back so that it is now in the surf.
Series of naval defense batteries were built on the site, including 12 inch mortars, one of which is on display. Sandy Hook was also national proving grounds until 1907, when they were moved to Aberdeen. Two missiles are stuck in the ground.
Canadiana Passenger steamboat
North River Tugboat Restorations
Catawissa Ocean-going steam tug
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 88, West 46th and 12th
May 1 to Sep 30 Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1800
Oct 1 to Apr 30 Wed-Sun 1000-1700
Admission fee, reduced for seniors, children, and serving military in uniform
Intrepid CV/CVA/CVS 11
Growler SSG 577
Lightship Frying Pan
Elizabeth M. Fisher Research/school ship
Flight deck and hanger hold large display of carrier aircraft, plus an SR-71 (sans engines). Military vehicles and more planes on display on pier. Museum inside carrier has wide range of displays, including many models and a film on carrier operations. Billed as the World's Largest Naval Museum. There is also a Concorde SST on a barge.
Frying Pan is privately owned.
Tamaroa, ex-Zuni WMEC 166, ex-ATF 95, US Coast Guard fleet tug
Nantucket Lightship has reportedly been moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Museum of the City of New York
103rd St & Park Ave
Wed-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700. Preregistered groups only Tue 1000-1400
Closed legal holidays
Admission free: suggested donations
Permanent display: Maritime New York - artifacts (some large), photos, models, paintings
South Street Seaport Museum
East side, just south of Brooklyn Bridge
Apr 1 - Sep 30: 1000-1800
Oct 1 - Mar 31: 1000-1700
Peking Square-rigged four-masted cargo sailing ship
Wavertree Square-rigged sailing ship
Lettie G. Howard Fishing schooner
Museum located right next to the fish market. Lots of shops and restaurants, becoming yuppified. Tours of New York harbor available on steamships and a schooner. Extensive galleries and collections. Ongoing urban archaeology can be viewed nearby.
Seamen's Church Institute
(just north of South Street Seaport's Low Building Galleries)
Outstanding collection of ship models, though the times they are open can be irregular.
Mid-June through Labor Day daily 1000-1600
Labor Daty to mid-October Sat 1000-1500, Sun 1200-1500
Early US naval history and commerce on Lake Champlain and the upper Hudson River.
New Hanover County Museum
814 Market St.
Emphasis on Civil War blockade and blockade-running.
N. Marginal Road
Cod SS 224
Completely authentic example of a WW II fleet sub. Everything on the sub is genuine WW II issue and there have been no modifications done. Because of this, there are no stairs so access is by ladder. A Navy cameraman who shot COLOR film of the Cod's last patrol, July-August, 1945, donated the film and his camera to the museum.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
Daily 0930-1700 except Christmas and Thanksgiving
Artifacts from battleship Oregon, the bridge of Knapp, DD 563, 'scopes and conn of Rasher, SS 269, local Indian canoes, Lewis and Clark artifacts, whaling.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Ave., corner of SE Clay St.
Phone: 503-797-4600 or 800-955-6674
Daily 0930-?, closed Christmas
Blueback SS 581
Last diesel boat produced for the US Navy, once set a record for crossing the Pacific Ocean underwater and was featured in the 1990 film "The Hunt for Red October." The ship is being restored to near-working condition by the Submarine Veterans Blueback Base, who are also adding multimedia presentations (sound tapes and light shows). Children (and adults) are allowed to touch much of the equipment.
Moshulu Maritime Exhibit
Moshulu Sailing ship
Served Germany as the Kurt during WWI, seized by US.
Philadelphia Maritime Museum
321 Chestnut St.
Maritime US history, 30 small boats, 10,000 artifacts.
Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild
Chestnut St. and Delaware Ave.
Gazela of Philadelphia Barkentine
Port of History Museum
Delaware Ave. and Spruce St.
Emphasis on Atlantic coast.
South American Passenger steamship
SS United States Superliner
Will be restored and returned to service by Norwegian Cruise Lines.
South of Philadelphia Naval Base
International Yacht Restoration School
449 Thames St.
Phone: 401 848 5777
FAX: 401 842 0669
Coronet 167 ft grand Victorian yacht
Pre-12 meter America's Cup racing yacht
Cigarette 1920s high speed cabin cruiser
Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic wooden sailing and motor yachts.
Naval War College Museum
Coasters Harbor Island
Enter through Gate Number 1
Mon-Fri 1000-1600, Jun-Sep weekends also 1200-1600
Evolution and technology of sea warfare, including a history of the development of the torpedo in the US.
Oliver Hazard Perry training ship
11A Bridge Street
Civilian sailing school vessel.
NOTE: NS Savannah was moved to the James River Reserve Fleet.
The submersible CSS Hunley has been raised and is
undergoing an archaeological examination. Here is one site about
PT Boats, Inc.
Memorabilia of WWII PT Boats. Open by appointment only. The 2 PTs on display at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA belong to PT Boats,Inc.
USS Tennessee Battleship Remembrance Museum
400 Scott High Drive, by Scott County High School
No admission fee
Dedicated to the battleship and her crew. Includes memorabilia from the ship, including her bell.
Lexington on the Bay Museum
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd., Surfside exit of US 181
Phone: 512-888-4873 or 800-523-9539
Daily 0900-1700 except Christmas
Lexington CV/CVA/AVT 16
Displays include: WWII actions, aviation training.
Helo flights off the flight deck for an aerial tour of the Corpus Christi Bay area.
Also replicas of Columbus' ships - 2 at the museum in dry dock, Santa Maria and Pinta under repair (damaged about 2 years ago by a drifting barge), can be toured by museum visitors. Nina is moored at the Marina and sails regularly. Ships purchased from Spain. $8 entry fee to tour ships.
The Columbian ships are in trouble, and need work. They may be moved to Houston.
Defenders of America Naval Museum
Texas Seaport Museum
Iron hulled, built 1877.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum
20th Street at Harborside Drive
Phone: 409-766-STAR or 281-679-8040
Retired jackup drilling rig. History of offshore industry.
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Newport News Shipbuilding
4101 Washington Ave
Phone: 757-380-2000 (Company phone)
Dorothy 1899 steam tug
Note: On most weekends, one or two Navy ships at Norfolk offer tours for visitors. For information call the Naval Base Tour and Information Office at 804-444-8971.
Bay Towing Corp.
Small admission fee
Still in service.
309 Water Street
Interprets the story of the watermen of the lower Chesapeake Bay. Models and full sized examples of the unique style boats used both currently and historically, methods and tools used.
Tours are NOT available of naval graveyard.
Bremerton Boardwalk, north of the Washington State Ferry Dock
Turner Joy DD 951
Fort Worden State Park
200 Battery Way
Phone: 360-385-4730 ext. 430
Coast artillery fort complex.
ex-Coast Guard Cutter 83527 83', built 1944
Jefferson County Historical Society
Museum and Research Library
540 Water Street
Mon-Sat 1100-1600, Sun 1300-1600
Museum and Library are closed to the public weekdays in January and February.
Admission fee, free for members
Located in Port Townsend's original City Hall building.
Coast Guard Museum/Northwest
1519 Alaska Way S.
Collection of ship and boat models and uniforms of the U.S. Coast Guard. Two high-endurance cutters and two icebreakers dock there, and are part of the tour.
Submarine Attractions Inc
Foxtrot class SS
First streamlined ship, first commercial vessel equipped with radar. Being restored.
Odyssey Contemporary Maritime Museum
Sci/tech center, mostly for kids.
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
2700 24th Avenue East
Part of Museum of History and Science
Relief Steam lightship
Cana Island Lighthouse
Bayfield Maritime Museum
131 S. First Street
Death's Door Maritime Museum
Hope Fishing tug
Seasonal museum, part of the museum in Sturgeon Bay (see below).
SS City of Milwaukee
USCGC Acacia Buoy tender
City also hosts a seasonal bed and breakfast.