Hours and Directions

Museum Hours : Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm  (last entry 4:30pm)

Closed Mondays and Holidays. 

Suggested Donation:  $5.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, Children 12 and under: free

Note: If using Google Maps, GPS, or other websites to obtain driving directions, enter the address as “600 Sampson Way, San Pedro CA 90731“. Google Maps does not recognize berth numbers.


Due to the Harbor Boulevard realignment, Sampson Way is closed to through traffic.

Driving Directions from the 110 South Freeway: Take the Harbor Boulevard exit.  At the bottom of the ramp, bear right, get in the left lane, and continue one mile to the intersection of Harbor and 6th Streets.  Bear left at the 6th Street traffic light, and make an immediate right onto Sampson Way.  You will see white concrete barriers marking the end of Sampson Way.  Directly in front of the barriers is the entry to the parking lot. Parking is free. There is also free diagonal parking in front of Acapulco.

Directions coming from the West:  Bear east on 22nd Street and take a left onto Miner Street. Follow signs to Harbor Boulevard.    Take a right at the intersection of Harbor and 6th Streets, and follow the parking directions above.

Please note: to ensure the safety of visitors and artifacts, no skateboards, scooters, or hover boards are allowed inside the Museum.  

Food and drink are not permitted, other than bottled water.  The Museum does not provide storage for food, drinks, or other prohibited items.  Shoes and shirts are required.

The museum is A.D.A. – accessible.

Group tours are available by appointment.

Student Tours for grades K – 12 are offered at no charge, but reservations are required.

Adjacent to the Museum,  at the foot of 6th Street,  is 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.

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