Go Back in Time at the Maritime Museum!

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Prepare to sail through time here at the Maritime Museum! (Complete with our Rat Stew and live music!)

Come join us at any of our unique events where we’re sure you’ll have a blast!

Every event comes with a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay, so make sure to check out our different venues!

Parade of Lights Sunday 16th

There is still time to buy your Parade of Lights Party Ticket aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat!  Parade of Lights

Sunday, December 16, 2012 is the last day for the parade.

Tickets include excellent parade viewing, access to all of the Museum ships, seasonal music, and a Holiday buffet.  Ticket prices are:
Adults $50.00
Child 5-12 $25.00
Under 5 free

The Holiday buffet is served from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
The Parade of ships arrives at approximately 6:20 p.m.  You can also view the Museum ships before or after dinner.
Wear warm casual attire and enjoy the festivities!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Happy Holidays


Here at the museum we are excited to be a part of all of the San Diego holiday festivities.  Our ships will soon shimmer with twinkling lights and we will be hosting our annual fundraiser aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat during the Parade of Lights.

Since the Berkeley is the judging platform for the Parade of Lights awards, this event is typically a sell-out and its popularity has grown over the years. It is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, while supporting the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Maritime Museum ships with holiday lights

Your Parade of Lights Party ticket includes:
• Paid admission to the Maritime Museum, explore our historic collection of ships while you’re at the party or before.
• One of the best views of the Parade on San Diego Bay.
Seasonal Music.
• Holiday buffet.

Choose from two dates:
Sunday, December 9 or 16, 2012
Adults $50.00
Child 5-12 $25.00
Under 5 free
You must have a reservation for this event. Reservations must be received before December 3rd for dinner on the 9th, and before December 10th for dinner on the 16th.

Feel free to check our website for other seasonal events: http://www.sdmaritime.org/shop/events/seasonal-events.html

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Festival of Sail Parade of Ships is TODAY


Festival of Sail is about to kick off this morning with the Parade of Ships.

At 11 am a majestic flotilla of 9 tall ships will be sailing into the San Diego Bay to commence the 4 day festival this Labor Day weekend (Friday-Monday).  The ships will be sailing in bound San Diego Harbor along Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, to the Coronado Bridge where they will turn around and head back to the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  They should arrive back at the museum around 1 pm.  The tall ships will be visible from all waterfront businesses and restaurants during the parade.

You don’t need a ticket to watch the parade come in–just grab a spot along the water.  Then come on down for the Festival this weekend.  Day passes for adults are only $15 or you can get a 4-day pass for $25.  Seniors, Active Military, and Children are $10 or $20 for a 4-day pass.  Children 5 and under are free!

At the Festival you can explore all of the tall ships, listen to live music, enjoy beer gardens and tasty treats, visit multiple vendors, and even enjoy a petting zoo!  See you soon San Diego.

For more info visit: http://www.sdmaritime.org/festival-of-sail/

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Comic-Con Pirate Party

Pirate Fight on the Surprise

The Marked Men kicked off their Comic-Con Pirate Party aboard the HMS Surprise with sword fighting and witty banter.  The crew performed an assortment of scenes for their guests, making movies come to life.


Peter Pan, Rufio, Hook, and  Jack Sparrow battled it out amongst motley pirates and wenches last Friday night.   Swords sparked but tempers did not fly despite hearty shouts from the pirate crew.

Pirate Bar

The rum was flowing and the pirates were dancing, singing, and making merry, entertaining guests with their annual Pirate Party.  The Dread Crew of Oddwood performed some heavy metal pirate jams with their eight-person pirate band.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood

Guests mingled into the wee hours of the night, all in full pirate attire.  My favorite part was seeing all of the costumes and watching the pirates put on their show.  I would recommend the party to any pirate fan for a guaranteed good time.

Rufio Pirate Party

The Marked Men are also available for parties here at the museum for any interested party-throwers.

Jack Sparrow

For the complete set of photos check out our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EventVenuesSanDiego

You can also find more photos on Flickr:


Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Victorian Ferryboat Berkeley

Boats have character, just like people.  That being said, I thought a little bio would be appropriate to introduce our vessels.  This week, I’d like to introduce you to Berkeley.

Historic ferryboat Berkeley is available as a Venue for Corporate Events, Private Events, Weddings, and Receptions.

You can be a part of living history!  Built in 1898, the Berkeley ferryboat still enchants and delights with her carved wood paneling, old-fashioned passenger seating, elegant stairwells, and stained glass windows.

Dance floor

Back in the day, she was the largest commuter ferry in the US.  Berkeley was built to transport rail passengers from Oakland to San Francisco and even evacuated refugees and transported aid following the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.

Deck party

Today guests can rent out the upper deck for a variety of special occasions.  The Berkeley can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.  She has ample seating for 350, a dance floor, bar, tables, presentation screen, a sound system, and two outdoor party decks.  Catering, music, flowers, and even pirates to entertain guests can be arranged through the Event Venues department.


If Berkeley were my friend, I would say she was classy, elegant, trustworthy, heroic, and at times surprising.  Intrigued?  Come on by for a tour of the Berkeley and see her beauty for yourself!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary