Originally founded in 1984, this petite but well-appointed museum displays a slew of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, anime, political cartoons, graphic novels, zines, and underground comix. The museum relocated to this waterfront location in fall 2017, which affords nearly 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well a screening area, a library, and a collections facility. Visitors can browse everything from early Disney and Warner Bros. stills to obscure graphic art from around the world. The museum houses nearly 7,000 works in its permanent collection, including the work of illustators like Roz Chast, Robert Crumb, Wally Wood, Edward Gorey, and Chuck Jones. Tables stationed around the space are stocked with drawing utensils for adults and kids to create their own comic art.
There’s more to Fisherman’s Wharf than souvenir stands and clam chowder. From the rich history to the oddball museums to the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay, this waterfront neighborhood is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Shop in Ghirardelli Square, sample beers at the San Francisco Brewing Co, and ogle sea lions on Pier 39.
How do I get to Fisherman’s Wharf, SF?
Take the MUNI bus 28, 30, or 47, or the F train
What are the most popular attractions in Fisherman’s Wharf, SF?
Ghirardelli Square is the wharf’s central marketplace, lined with shops and restaurants. You can taste dozens of flavors of chocolate at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, originally founded in the 1800s. The restaurants along the Wharf’s piers are known for fresh seafood sourced straight from the bay (some fisherman even sell straight from their boats). The Musée Mécanique showcases antique musical instruments and arcades, while the Maritime Museum revels in San Francisco’s nautical past. Several historic vessels are docked nearby. Pier 41 is also a ferry hub, where you can board a boat for a day trip to Sausalito, Tiburon, or Angel Island.
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien (located at Pier 45) is one of a fleet of World War II ships known as the Liberties; it’s named after the first American to capture a British naval vessel during the Revolutionary War. Of the original 2,750 Liberties in existence, only the Jeremiah O’Brien and one other remain. During the war, this ship shuttled between London and Normandy carrying troops and supplies for the D-Day invasion. It was restored to its original glory in 1979 and docked in San Francisco. The relic remains fully seaworthy and takes cruises around the bay several times a year. The rest of the time, it’s moored at Pier 45 and open to public tours.