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The Star of India at the San Diego Maritime Museum. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Maritime Museum of San Diego will reopen indoor exhibits, below-ship deck galleries and the USS Dolphin submarine on Tuesday. 

The indoor areas have been closed for 15 months due to the pandemic.

Raymond Ashley, the museum’s president and CEO, called the areas interior areas “hidden historical treasure.”

“The Museum’s below deck gallery space cannot be seen by visitors when looking at the fleet from the Embarcadero,” he said. “These are truly unseen treasures worth a visit.”

Permanent exhibits found as visitors move from ship to ship include San Diego’s Naval History, Harvesting the Ocean, Age of Steam, Age of Sail, Charting the Sea, Wind and Water Photography, Man-of-War, and Wish You Were Here postcard and photography displays. 

The museum’s features include the world’s oldest sailing ship, the 1863 Star of India, 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, the official tall ship of the state, Californian and USS Dolphin submarine.  

The Russian Foxtrot class attack submarine B-39 remains closed. Adventures Sails will resume this summer.

Admission to the museum, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., costs $20 for adults, with several discounts available. Bay Boat tours cost an additional $10 or $15 per person. 

The museum’s ticket booth, located on the North Embarcadero at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, is open until 4 p.m. 

Enhanced sanitation and cleaning procedures will continue even with the lifting of state health guidelines. The museum also has invested in additional hand sanitizer dispensers.   

This article was originally published by Times of San Diego.

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