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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

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Step aboard USS Pampanito, a veteran Balao-class submarine that allows you to see how crews lived and worked aboard the vessel during the World War II. Constructed in 1943 to meet America's need for advanced submarines, the craft helped patrol shipping lanes in the Pacific theater and on several occasions engaged and sunk Japanese ships. Visit this National Register of Historic Places-listed museum/ship, and explore the corridors and tight spaces where her crew spent months at a time at sea. You'll find bunk beds, periscopes, the engine room, the torpedo tube, and more inside; many mechanisms are still in working condition today. Plan your visit to USS Pampanito and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Francisco online trip builder .
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  • I really enjoyed my self-guided tour. The audio tour is complementary and you can move at your own pace.  more »
  • Is a North American submarine docked in San Francisco. He completed six war patrols between 1944 to 1945 and served as a Naval Reserve training ship from 1960 to 1971. It is now a national historic landmark, preserved as a memorial and Museum at the San Francisco Maritime national parks in Fisherman's Wharf. The Pampanito was turned into a memorial and Museum in San Francisco on November 21 1975, transferred to the Maritime Park Association (formerly National Maritime Museum Association) on 20 May 1976, and opened to the public on 15 March 1982. In 1986, Pampanito was listed on the national register of historic places and declared to be a national historic landmark, where is open to visits by U $20.00 per person.
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  • The submarine tour is an excellent way to learn about and appreciate life on a sub in WW2. It must have been uncomfortable - to say the least with eighty men in cramped quarters sharing 40 bunks, 4 to...  more »
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  • Great for war/ WW2 history buffs in this historic submarine. Located close to fisherman's wharf/pier 39, getting here is no problem and not hard. Don't come here if you are claustrophobic or cannot climb steep ladders, since the quarters of the submarine are tight and can only be accessed by ladders. Audio guide is provided. Admission is included with Go San Francisco card.
  • This is a WW2 submarine with a really rich history. The tour isn't a very long one, but you learn a lot about life on the sub and thier missions. The museum docents and staff have done a phenomenal job of restoring and maintaining this boat, preserving a piece of living history. Definitely worth a visit if you're around Pier 39.
  • Really cool place to check out. You can find a discount coupon on town maps provided to hotels ($5 off admission). Really adorable Sub Veterans volunteer to answer questions you may have. Ask about the red lights!
  • Very cool! $20 for general adult admission. There are discounts for students. There's also a free audio tour you can take along with you. It's quite informative. Heels are not allowed on board. No food or drink are allowed either
  • This is an awesome Museum! The condition of the vessel is impressive. It's a great visit if you're a history buff or looking for something to fill your schedule. When else would you get to walk into a submarine! The tour is self guided with a headset. You can do the entire vessel in about 20-30 minutes. There is a military discount with valid ID and it's free if you're in uniform.
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