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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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

17 comments on “Quirky Attraction: Kissing Sailor Statue in San Diego

  1. 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.

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