Hours and Directions


During the Tall Ships Festival, August 20-24th, the Museum will observe the following hours of operation:

Wednesday August 20 – Friday August 22 – OPEN 12-5 (last entry 4:30pm)

Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24th – 10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

The Museum will be FREE during the festival, however, you must have festival tickets to enter the grounds and visit the Museum.   See the festival website to learn of the admission and parking charges.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is proud to offer free admission this summer to active duty military personnel and their families as part of the 2014 Blue Star Museums program. The offer runs from Memorial Day (May 26) through Labor Day (September 1)  Get more information and a complete listing of participating museums at www.arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

The museum is A.D.A. – accessible.

Group tours are available by appointment.

We are located approximately 20 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport. From the freeways, take 110 South [Harbor Freeway] to the Harbor Boulevard off ramp, and turn right onto Harbor Boulevard. Go one mile to 6th Street, and turn left.  Note: If using Google Maps, GPS, or other websites to obtain driving directions, enter our address as “600 Sampson Way, San Pedro CA 90731“. Google Maps does not recognize berth numbers.

The Museum is located at the foot of 6th Street in John S. Gibson Park. The park includes monuments to the US Navy heavy cruiser LOS ANGELES, the Fishing Industry Memorial, the Bloody Thursday Monument, and the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial.  The Museum is a special facility of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks.

During the Tall Ships Festival, alternate parking and charges will apply. See the festival website for details.

Free parking for visitors with disabilities  is available across the street from the Museum, at the southwest corner of 6th Street and Sampson Way.

The new Downtown Harbor is now open! Enjoy this YouTube video to learn more!

Note to researchers: Our research library and archives will be closed during the Tall Ships festival, August 20-24.

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