Quirky Attraction: Kissing Sailor Statue in San Diego

kissing sailor statue

Kissing Sailor Statue
Location: Tuna Harbor Park, San Diego CA
When to visit: During daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 10 minutes
Website: None

It’s been a rough couple of months for iconic statues in major American cities. Chicago lost its Marilyn Monroe statue earlier this month, and San Diego has been struggling to keep the statue of a Navy sailor kissing a nurse. The statue, designed after the famous photo taken in Times Square from World War II, has been in San Diego along the harbor since 2007 but its days are numbered.

The statue is 25 feet tall, weighs 6,000 pounds and is officially called “Unconditional Surrender,” by J. Seward Johnson. It’s not far from the Maritime Museum and the other attractions along the harbor.





It was originally scheduled to leave the city in February, but that was pushed back to mid-May. Which is right now. So go now, quick!!

The Midway Museum, by the way, intends to install a permanent bronze re-creation of the statue. At least report, they had raised $600,000 of the $900k needed for the project.

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17 Responses to Quirky Attraction: Kissing Sailor Statue in San Diego

  1. John of Travel Rinse Repeat May 11, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Sad that they’re tearing it down! That’s such an iconic San Diego site. I’ll be headed there in June…I wonder if it will have survived through then.
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  2. InsideJourneys May 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    That’s such an iconic statue I’m sure they’ll raise the rest of the funds
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    • Scott May 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      I bet they will :)

  3. Annette | Bucket List Journey May 12, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Wow! That looks like an impressive statue! Sad that I will be missing seeing it in person :(
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    • Scott May 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      It is cool to see in person.

  4. Caanan @ No Vacation Required May 12, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Believe it or not, there is another one of these in Civitavecchia, Italy.
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    • Scott May 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Interesting. It seems like a universal image!

  5. Jeremy May 16, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Awesome statue!
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    • Scott May 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      It is very cool.

  6. Ken Adams May 28, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    What a big warm kiss i like it
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  7. David June 3, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    There is also a statue in Sarasota, Florida.

    • Scott Shetler June 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      I’ve heard there are a few of these, thanks for the insight!

  8. Arnie Janson August 31, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    In August 2013, we saw either that same statue or an identical copy in the seaport in Naples, Italy very near where the cruise ships landed.

    • Scott Shetler September 8, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Apparently there are a few similar ones out there. It’s such an iconic pose.

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