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The Museum

The Museum is housed in Building 46, the oldest building on The Island, and is available for parties and other functions.

Bldg 46 (1100 Railroad Avenue), the oldest building on the shipyard, was originally the smithery where they made the metal parts to construct the ships being built or repaired here on the yard, and was in use from the day it opened in 1855 until the shipyard closed in 1996. Now, it houses a treasure trove of artifacts and information about the shipyard and the role it played in American history.



See the control room from the nuclear submarine USS Mariano G. Vallejo, the plaques from the keel-laying ceremonies of some of the ships and submarines built here, pictures of the USS Pennsylvania where the first carrier landing was made in 1911 and for which Mare Island devised a series of ropes on the deck of the ship and welded a hook on the plane to allow the plane to catch those ropes.  Also on display are photos of the first submarines that came here in the early 1900s.


Plaques of the 17 nuclear submarines built at Mare Island

There is also the human side of Mare Island’s history. There is the role of women who did everything from sewing the famous flag which flew on Iwo Jima to the women welders who constructed ships. There is the story of a young Marine hospitalized here who met a Navy yeoman, fell in love, married her in St. Peter’s Chapel and renewed their vows there on their 50th Anniversary.

Visit the gift shop and choose among T-shirts, mugs, magnets and Navy Memorabilia. You will also find an excellent collection of books relating to Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

Monday – Friday:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday:  Closed
Other Times: 
by Appointment

Museum Admission: $5/Person

Event Capacity: 250 Seated at tables (Main Room); 25 seated at tables (Conference Room)

For Information or Reservations: (707) 557-4646

NOTE: As a Blue Star Museum, active duty military and their dependents with ID cards admitted free, from Memorial day thru Labor Day.


Make a tax deductible donation today to keep the museum and its preservation of exhibits going. Your donation keeps the museum alive.