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Address: 8th Street & Railroad Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592
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+1 707-557-1538
10:00 - 16:00
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Mare Island was the first Naval Base on the West Coast,opening in 1854....

Mare Island was the first Naval Base on the West Coast,opening in 1854. Beatiful Historic properties with National Landmark Status. Museum building opened in 1855. 2-Mansions in 1900, and 1901 Chapel with the most Tiffany Stained Glass in the West. Properties available for Tours, Weddings,and many types of special events, such as Memorials, Funerals & Concerts.The properties are managed by the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation. (A non-profit established in 1995)

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Neat Museum For Navy Fans

The history of Mare Island is fascinating and this museum shows it off nicely. There are various exhibits on the workers, the ships the produced, and historical items. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Clara, CA
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Santa Clara, CA
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97 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of Mare Island is fascinating and this museum shows it off nicely. There are various exhibits on the workers, the ships the produced, and historical items. The favorite of me and my boys was the working periscope. Our only gripes are minor. It is very very cold. It is in an old building with no heat. If not... More 

Thank JohnFromSantaClara
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Be prepared to not see museum if private party. We didn't even pay but didn't see anything. Better to drive around island

Thank Cindy W
Green Valley, Ca.
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We walked all around the old historic area. They have done a good job renovating this portion of the old naval shipyard. The museum is run by volunteers who really know their history. The exhibits are not fancy but we learned a lot about this interesting part of our history.

1 Thank Mimi F
Vallejo, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Not like most museums. Not stuffy, shiny or clean. It's old like the base itself. Filled with many artifacts. Went there eith my 16 yr old son on a weekend. We were the only customers there. The volunteer on hand, an old marine in a wheelchair with an amputated leg. Was part of history himself. Since we were the only... More 

1 Thank Ken B
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Much more to see and experience than we had anticipated. Great history. A volunteer/worker, Omar, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Great staff through-out. Facilities were more than expected as well. Worth your consideration.

1 Thank RoadWarriorWalt
Bay Area, CA
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

The museum and attending tour is super. There is much history here and much of it is a surprise.Don't miss St. Peters Chapel with it's Tiffany windows. The museum is run be a staff of charming, knowledgeable volunteers. The tour is enlightening, extremely informative and very much worth the time and $10. GO.

1 Thank BayArea_CAWanderer
Lodi, California
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158 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

I was stationed at the Naval Training Center at Mare Island 1969-1970. The shipyard was considered off limits to us at that time so I was intrigued to learn that there was a museum. If you are into naval history this is a must stop. I expected a small place with a bunch of pictures hanging on the wall and... More 

2 Thank Gregory S
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

From the Shipyard's early days to the end of the Cold War and it's closure, a fantastic collection of artifacts with informative plaques and displays, including a recreation of a Nuclear Submarine's control room..only problem was the lack of docents, many were busy with the exhibits.. and all appear to be volunteers..

1 Thank raventree
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

I was very surprised with this museum. I thought it was going to be a little tiny museum but found it was bigger than I though. I thought we would be there for 1/2 hour or so and we were there for more than an hour and a half looking at all the displays. They also have some large boats... More 

1 Thank toomuchfun3505
Newberg, Oregon
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

This is pretty laid back, but very interesting. Lots of pics, lots of tools, impressive display of machinery too.

1 Thank Phil L

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