There seems to be more people interested in taking photos of the Kissing Statue than the ships at the Maritime Museum in San Diego. I cannot blame them. The Kissing Statue is indeed an eye-catcher for anyone taking a stroll along San Diego’s seaport.

The giant statue was sculpted by J. Seward Johnson and was called “Unconditional Surrender.” It was based from a photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in New York City’s Times Square on August 14, 1945 just after WWII ended — the kiss was a celebratory gesture of a U.S. Navy sailor after the United States was victorious over Japan. I’ve read that the 25-foot sculpture isn’t actually unique to San Diego. There are other versions installed in Hamilton, New Jersey; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Normandy, France.

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Beside the USS Midway Museum
North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101


Open daily

Admission fee.


See also: My other travel adventures in the USA.

See also: List of National Parks.

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