New Deal at the Maritime Museum

There are so many fun things to do in San Francisco that it can be overwhelming.  (Also see blog on 49 mile drive)  If you love messing around on boats and the weather is not cooperating or you have landlubbing friends you need to spend time with, then spend part of a day at Fisherman’s Wharf and walk toward Ghiradelli Square and see the Maritime Museum.

A good afternoon could start with clam chowder and sourdough bread at Fisherman’s Wharf (Boudin’s anyone?) and then a stroll through the Maritime Museum (wharf first).  As you continue west toward the Golden Gate Bridge you can see more of the Maritime Museum at the Bathhouse Building.

This building was constructed as part of the New Deal during the depression (Works Progress Administration).  The Aquatic Park Bathhouse was designed in the Streamline Moderne style to resemble an ocean liner.  The exterior and interior of the building contain many beautiful and unique works of art created by artists employed through the Federal Arts Project.  Carefully restored in 2006, you can see the mosaics on the outside by a prominent black artist Sargent Claude Johnson.  Inside you can enjoy the colorful murals by artist Hilaire Hiler.

I hope you have worked up a wee appetite because it is just a half block to Ghiradelli Square where you can indulge your sweet tooth.  (You have to try the dark chocolate with caramel, salt, and peanuts.)  There are several cafes where you can buy hot chocolate and other treats and a store with every kind of chocolate bar this fine San Francisco institution creates.

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