Adult Education

Adult Education Programs


The San Diego Maritime Museum offers a variety of educational programs for school groups K-12 and a select number of adult education opportunities. 

Tours of the Museum are conducted by our trained docents while our education department and museum staff facilitates specialized programs and workshops.

Programs book up to a year in advance, so book early to guarantee your date. Confirmation of a program will be mailed upon the receipt of a non-refundable booking fee.


  •    Docent Training
  •    Elderhostel
  •    Celestial Navigation Educational Series




Museum Docent Training

Maritime Museum of San Diego Docents are a special breed of people. They are our volunteer teachers. These knowledgeable and talented individuals are experts on our ships and exhibits, interpreting the museum's collections for our visitors. They also lead organized tours for groups ranging from grade school to scout groups to conventioneers.


The Maritime Museum of San Diego accepts individuals who wish to volunteer as docents at any time. Training can be accomplished by Docent Training Classes, Docent Mentorship Program or a combination of the two. Museum Membership is required to be accepted in the Docent Training Program.

Once a year formal training is arranged, beginning in early January and running for 13 consecutive weeks. Training sessions are on Tuesdays. They begin at 9:30am with a short meet and greet social. Classes run from 10am till noon and cover a comprehensive variety of topics.  

For further information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator's office at 619-234-9153 x 135

CLICK HERE for information on becoming a docent.




This weeklong program is part of Elderhostel's educational lecture programming where seniors can enjoy a fascinating exploration of San Diego's Maritime history. Participants will travel to the museum and hoist a sail on the bark Star of India, study exhibits on the steam ferryboat Berkeley and tour the steam yacht Medea. Field trips include a visit to the Cabrillo National Monument and a Harbor tour on the bay. Lectures will cover a number of maritime topics: Ancient Mariners and their Traditions, West Coast Discoveries, Bounties from the Sea and Land. Special evening programs will also include making sailor's crafts and singing sea chanteys.

For more information, please call (619) 234-9153 x 126


Celestial Navigation Educational Series

Click here for current Celestial Navigation Class information.