Alerts & Conditions


December 3, 2021 Update:

On Thursday November 4, 2021 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park experienced extreme tidal swells and surges that resulted in this immediate need for maintenance and stabilization. This has required the closure of areas of the historic vessels and Hyde Street. As the frequency and intensity of storms increase coupled with King Tides, the collection of National Historic Landmark ships is particularly vulnerable. Therefore, the park is taking steps to close ships before another cycle of King Tides is expected between December 3-7, 2021 and again between January 1-5, 2022. The park is working hard to make vessels available to the public when possible.

The Visitor Center remains closed for pandemic related reasons. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Maritime Museum and the park's open space areas including Aquatic Park and the Aquatic Park Cove. Please #RecreateResponsibly, practice social distancing, wear a face covering when near others, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

The Park will update the schedule below as the status of sites change. Updates will be shared via the park website and social media channels. For more information, you can contact the park at this email address.

Facilities and Spaces Currently Open:

Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street at the foot of Polk st. Hours: 10am - 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Hyde Street Pier at 2905 Hyde Street:
Hyde Street Pier is open 10 am – 5 pm daily (last entry at 4:30pm). Admission fee is requires. Admission fee will be waived on days when both Balcutha and Eureka are not open to the public.

Aquatic Park Cove

Aquatic Park Pier

Maritime Research Center is available by appointment.

Facilities Temporarily Closed:

Visitor Center at 499 Jefferson Street at the corner of Hyde Street.

National Historic Landmark Ship Schedule:

Here are the anticipated closure dates for the ships. This is an estimate that depends on changing weather and conditions. The schedule will be updated as changes occur.

C.A. Thayer : 12/3/2021 – 12/6/2021, closed. 12/7/2021 – May be re-opened. 12/27/2021 – 1/4/2022, closed. 1/5/2022 – reopened.

Balclutha: 12/3/2021 – 1/7/2022, closed. May be opened periodically when possible.

Hercules: Open when tides allow, and the tide cycle will reduce availability to certain hours from 12/1/21 to the first week of January 2022.

Eureka: (1890) 10/24/2021 – Closed due to storm damage, awaiting funding for repairs.

Mask Requirement

San Francisco Maritime follows the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and guidance by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Additionally, the National Park Service (NPS) is requiring visitors, employees, volunteers, and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings and in crowded or narrow outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.

“Visitors to national parks are coming from locations across the country, if not across the world. Because of this and recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories, we are implementing a service-wide mask requirement to ensure our staff and visitors’ safety,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge.

This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings and outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as Hyde Street Pier and historic ships.

“Being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of the coronavirus. Masking in addition to being vaccinated will help prevent the spread of new variants and protect those who are more at risk of severe disease. This simple act of kindness allows us to be safe while we continue to enjoy the benefits of our national parks,” said Capt. Maria Said, MD, an epidemiologist in the NPS Office of Public Health and a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Individuals looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine can visit to find a location close to them and make an appointment. Individuals can also text their ZIP code to 438829 and get a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location.

Last updated: December 7, 2021

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2 Marina Boulevard,
Building E, 2nd Floor

San Francisco , CA 94123


415 561-7000
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