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Mare Island Museum

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Housed in Building 46 (built in 1855 and a former pipe shop until 1984), the Museum is open to the public 10am to 2pm Weekdays; and the 1st and 3rd full weekends of the month; 10am to 4pm.

Located at 1100 Railroad Avenue at 8th Street on Mare Island, across from Alden Park, there is ample parking, and easy access to the Park, St. Peter's chapel, the Mansions of Officer's Row, and the waterfront along Mare Island strait.

Want to find the Museum? Just look for the 35 foot Patrol Boat with shark's teeth in front!

Tour information:

Join our dedicated tour guides, as you experience a number of attractions on historic Mare Island. Tours run in length from 2-1/2 to 3 hours and longer, and include the inside of the Admiral's mansion.

Sites include the stately Colonial Revival era mansions of Officer's Row, St. Peter's Chapel with its Tiffany stained glass windows, the Mare Island Artifact Museum (Bldg. 46), and the dry docks along the waterfront of Mare Island Strait.


Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY), located in the San Francisco Bay Area at Vallejo, California was very important in our country's history. For over 142 years, our country's defense depended on Mare Island Navy Yard as well as over 100 organizations which were in operation there over the years

The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation's master plan is to recover as much of that history, plus the operating charcter of the shipyard, as possible and make it available to scholars and other interested individuals and groups. Our educational and museum projects aim to represent many of these activities in a meaningful and living way. In addition, Mare Island ships are brought in, so visitors from all over the world can see the end product of these labors.

The American people have the right to be proud of the accomplishments of our Navy, and Mare Island. The shipyard was the home of over a hundred "firsts" in its 142 years of operation. Our newest citizens and future generations will have an opportunity to see and hear about what went on inside thie former top-secret base. The work of over 200,000 people who "made it happen" will be preserved and put on display.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM2:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM2:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM2:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM2:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM2:00 PM
Notes: 10am to 2pm Weekdays; and the 1st and 3rd full weekends of the month; 10am to 4pm.


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