If you are into boats this is probably a museum you want to check it out. I think it’s boring but there’s no entrance fee and that’s why some may give it a try. There are some figureheads from ships to see, old wooden parts and several pictures, videos and models or interactive exhibits. You can also play with the Morse code machine that is still working together with the light machine! The Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building (pic 1) is interesting to see (a ship-shaped structure) but more interesting are the ships along the Hyde Street Pier like the Eureka, C.A.Thayer and Balclutha.
The Visitor Center and Hyde Street Pier are open daily 9.30-17.00 and the entrance fee for the Pier is $5. The Maritime Library is open by appointment only (except the third Saturday of each month 10.00-17.00 that no appointment needed)
Then, we walked along the shore with several stops for photos of the ocean (the view across the bay is great anyway), or of the ships that vary from big ones to small fishing boats.
Part of the Maritime Museum, the Hyde St. Pier allows you to decide how much or how little to see. You can walk out on the pier for free, but have to pay an admission charge to explore the varitey of boats from different time periods that are docked there.
If you buy a ticket to ships, you can use it whole week. You only need to get a new badge from ticket booth.
This free museum is built in what's called Nautical Deco (seriously!!!). It's Art Deco shaped like a boat. Hey, I didn't go here, but apparently it's free.