Nautical arts at SFO Int’l Airport

SFO NAUTICAL EXHIBIT

Lion deck ornament from the Himalaya 1863
Collection of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park , Courtesy SFO Museum

If you’re traveling to or through San Francisco International Airport (SFO), be sure to leave some time to explore the newest exhibit from the SFO Museum: From Ship to Shore: Nautical Arts from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, on view in Terminal 2 through December.

The exhibit displays ingeniously crafted items made by sailors during long stints at sea and includes masthead ornaments, scrimshaw, fancy ropework, ships-in-bottles, shadowbox half models, a hand-painted sea chest, a whalebone chair and other items on loan from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

From Ship to Shore: Nautical Arts from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; May 2013–November 2013

Shadowbox of a fishing vessel c. 1850–60
Collection of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, courtesy SFO Museum

From Ship to Shore: Nautical Arts from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; May 2013–November 2013

Scrimshaw c. 1850–1900, orca jawbone, ink
Collection of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, courtesy SFO Museum