Volunteer at the San Diego Maritime Museum

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Star of India - Commemorating 150 Years - Click Here to view video.

Sail and Maintenance Crew 


Crew meets every Sunday aboard the Star of India. Fill out the online application form, and we can email you crew information about joining. Or show up at the Star of India, Sundays 7:30am. Ask for Mr Davis.

Crew members must be Maritime Museum members and have their own health insurance.

• To apply, CLICK HERE for crew application form.


Have you ever wanted to learn to sail and maintain tall ships? The Maritime Museum will teach you. Learn about ships from four different centuries which include the 19th century Californian, a tops’l schooner; the 18th century HMS Surprise a full rigged British Frigate, the 19th century three masted Bark the Star of India, 16th century Spanish Galleon San Salvador and the 20th century steam yacht Medea.


Sail and maintenance crew members can expect to learn skills such as rope making, knot tying, climbing the rigging, maintenance of the ships, and much more. Don't think you are a climber? No problem, we have needs for people of all abilities.


The Star of India, HMS Surprise and the Californian are sailed and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers that work and train year round.

For more information call Jim Davis at (619) 234-9153 x 116 or click here to send email.

Museum Docents


• CLICK HERE to see the 2015 training course schedule.

• CLICK HERE to see the 2015 Docent Training Classroom Program.


• CLICK HERE to view current Docent tour guide assignments.


• For further information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator's office at (619) 234-9153 x 135 or send an email Click Here to email.


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.

 The San Diego Ship Modelers’ Guild

The San Diego Association of Ship Modelers Guild is a  group of artisans sharing a common interest in ship modeling, maritime history, and lore of the sea. The Guild provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, skills, and techniques on all matters related to crafting of nautical models.  Visitors are welcome, and the guild is always looking to recruit both skilled modelers and those new to the craft.  Meeting nights are the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 P.M. on the upper deck of the ferryboat Berkeley.

The San Diego Ship Modelers’ Guild
c/o The San Diego Maritime Museum
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

For further information email the Guild Master: j.garvin1@cox.net

 Maritime Museum Dancers


Experience social life of the Napoleonic era with the Maritime Museum Dancers aboard the HMS Surprise.

Since their debut performance on Labor Day 2005, the Maritime Museum Dancers have been delighting museum guests with dance, wardrobe, music and song of the 1805 period.


Interested in joining the dance troupe?

Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Albe
Troupe Director
(949) 295-3236


Rehearsal: To be announced

 Library and Archives


There are always plenty of opportunities to help with cataloging, preserving, and protecting thousands of books, periodicals and historic artifacts in our museum library and collections department.

Help is also needed in the curatorial department developing and installing permanent and temporary exhibits.

For more information about volunteering in the library or collections department, please contact Jeff Loman at the Volunteer Coordinator's office at (619) 234-9153 x 135 or jloman@sdmaritime.org


 Public Events


The Maritime Museum of San Diego frequently has opportunity for volunteers to help at many of our public events. These events include Family Days, Exhibit Openings, Sea and Air Parades, Ship Festivals, Members Nights, as well as countless other events.

Volunteers should be friendly, helpful, able to work with the public....and most importantly able to have fun. Positions will vary from event to event but often include concessions, ticket sales, security, crowd control, ushers and others.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator's office at (619) 234-9153 x 135.

There are many ways to volunteer at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Contact the volunteer coordinator's office at (619) 234-9153 x 135, jloman@sdmaritime.org, or click on any of the links to the right to find out more.


We appreciate the support, contributions, and  enthusiastic participation of our many volunteers at the Maritime Museum.