Annual Conference

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Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier,  San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.      Photo Courtesy of National Park Service

DATES: April 19-21, 2017

LOCATION: San Francisco, California

HOST: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

REGISTRATION: Is at the Argonaut Hotel (495 Jefferson St., San Francisco, CA), Golden Gate C Room. Registration is from 7:30-8:45am Wednesday morning.  Continental breakfast at 8:00am.  If you arrive Tuesday evening, registration will be open at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Visitors Center (499 Jefferson Street) 5:00-6:00pm.

Map: A map of the San Francisco Maritime Historical Park is below or can be downloaded here: Park Maps


San Francisco Maritime NHP

Airport Transportation: It is recommended you use an airport shuttle service such as GoLorries $17 one way, $26 round trip.
Parking: If you have a car, the most cost effective parking is at Fort Mason Center (upper left on map) at $12.00 a day.  No overnight parking.   It is a pleasant walk along the waterfront to the hotel. Please do not leave anything visible in your car as the Fisherman’s Wharf area experiences a lot of auto break-ins,  particularly rental cars.

  Download the CAMM 2017 Program Final Updated 4/14/17. Please note that the program schedule is subject to change.



Point Reyes Lighthouse and 1890 Lifeboat Station. Photo: NPS

Tuesday, April 18 –  tour of Point Reyes National Seashore with a focus on the 1870 Point Reyes Lighthouse and 1890  Lifeboat Station.  Transportation will leave from the Argonaut Hotel at 8am for the approximately 1 hour trip to Point Reyes Headquarters and Visitor Center.  From there it is a scenic one hour ride through historic dairy ranches to the  Point Reyes Lighthouse and the nearby Lifeboat Station.  Point Reyes and San Francisco Maritime staff will be on hand to talk about both structures and the recently restored motorized lifeboat.  A box lunch will be provided. To get to the lighthouse itself, one must walk 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from the parking lot to the Visitor Center, and then down 308 steps.  For more information about Point Reyes Maritime History see: The bus will return to the hotel between 4 and 5 pm. Cost:  $65.00

Saturday, April 22 – tour of the San Francisco Maritime NHP large artifact collection storage in San Leandro.  The bulk of the park’s 100+ small craft collection, large maritime artifacts, engines, the Sloop Yacht Kathleen, and  the recently recovered Gold Rush era lighter are highlights of this behind the scenes tour. Transportation will leave the Argonaut Hotel at 8 am and will return by Noon.  Cost:  $40.00.


The San Leandro Large Artifact Storage Facility.  Photo: NPS

TRANSPORTATION: Parking is limited and costly in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, and with very good public transportation, not to mention taxis, Uber, Lift and other ride share services, rental cars are discouraged. There will be a limited number of Park parking spots available by permit for attendees who have physical disabilities. Reservations for these permits must be made in advance as part of the conference registration on a first come, first serve, basis.

LODGING: The conference hotel with be the Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street, San Francisco. This hotel is located on Fisherman’s Wharf within walking distance of all the conference activities. The Argonaut is offering a special rate (the normal government rate) of $267 plus tax. This special rate will only be available until they run out of the contracted rooms, or March 27, whichever comes first. Call 800-790-1415 and request the Council of American Maritime Museums Annual Conference rate. Or book your reservation online.

There are many other hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf, from basic to luxury, and all are within walking distance of the Park. A hostel is located just west of the Park, also within walking distance.

Park Maps

LEONARD RENNIE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL GRANTS: CAMM offers grants in support of professional development (including attendance at the CAMM Conference) for staff of member museums. Grants for 50% of total cost of travel, registration and lodging are available up to $750.  Monies are limited so apply early. Download application:


San Francisco Maritime NHP


Images of 2016 Conference at Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Wilmington, Delaware. Photos by Candace Clifford

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Final 2015 Program

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