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Mare Island Museum

8th Street & Railroad Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592
+1 707-557-4646
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History on parade.

Take the whole tour, docent-led from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. See the Commandant's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
161bartonl
Highly recommend this tour!

Finally signed up for the tour of Mare Island after years of driving past it and was not... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Thelmadee
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Rohnert Park, California
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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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8th Street & Railroad Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592
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"naval shipyard"
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"tiffany windows"
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"historical items"
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"run by volunteers"
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"american history"
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"gift shop"
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"chapel"
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"periscope"
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"docent"
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"ships"
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"marine"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the whole tour, docent-led from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. See the Commandant's House, the park, WW2 bunkers, and the shipways. Beautiful.

Thank 161bartonl
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Finally signed up for the tour of Mare Island after years of driving past it and was not disappointed. Our tour guide, Lou, was knowledgeable with American history and Mare Island History from 1854 to 1996. I didn't expect such complete accounting of events in...More

1  Thank Thelmadee
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

This museum is located on the old Naval shipyard in Vallejo, CA. It has all sorts of WW II and older ship history. It's where the subs and Naval ships were actually built. The Navy abandoned the area some years ago so there are many...More

4  Thank Ed T
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

So many things to see in this museum and they were mainly specific to Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Great place to visit and worth the $5 charge!

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

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...More

1  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
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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...More

2  Thank Mimi F
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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...More

3  Thank Ken B
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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.

2  Thank RoadWarriorWalt
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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...More

2  Thank BayArea_CAWanderer
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Becky H
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Response from Jane D | Reviewed this property |
If she was a welder during the war and lived in Vallejo (please note correct spelling of the town name), quite likely she worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. So many people worked at the shipyard, I'm not sure any... More
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madwith2
19 February 2017|
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Response from David W |
The Navy built and commissioned many ships at Mare Island. They were launched off of the "ways", the ramps sloping into the water near the museum.
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