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NEW PRESIDIO PARKLANDS PROJECT  DESIGN LAB

Design Lab
Entry Fee:  FREE

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An inspiring new landscape is taking shape at the Golden Gate. As an elevated freeway is replaced by an at-grade tunnel, ten acres of new public parkland will connect the beautiful waterfront and the heart of the Presidio.

This powerful destination will be a place to enjoy panoramic views and iconic landmarks; to gather, play, and learn; and to begin your Presidio adventure.

But what should this landscape look like? What would attract you, your friends and family, and visitors from around the world? How can we make this place welcoming, safe, and fun?

The Design Lab is your space to draw, debate, engage, and most importantly, share what you want to see. Check out the latest designs as they continue to evolve, bring your ideas for what would make a great experience, leave a sketch, or offer feedback in the photo booth.

The Design Lab content will be changing regularly. Free and open to all, we invite you to visit often and bring a friend! Free guided tour and discussions for community groups are available upon request.

PRESIDIO TRUST GALLERY

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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–Operation Babylift. A new exhibit telling the story of Vietnamese children who were airlifted to the Presidio in 1975 Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies explores the diverse experiences and lasting impacts of a dramatic airlift that removed more than 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to be adopted by American families as Saigon fell in April 1975.

103 Montgomery Street on the Main Post

April 16 to December 31, 2015

PRESIDIO OFFICERS CLUB

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Located in the newly renovated Officer’s Club on the Presidio Main Post. The building itself is the oldest in San Francisco having been built by the Spanish in 1778 and remodeled many times since then.  You can visit the old exposed walls of the Adobe to the left as you walk in, then look at the old photographs on the walls of the large restored public room in the center.  In the back there is a nice museum that takes you through Presidio History starting with the Ohlone Indians who lived in the area for over a thousand years and ending with the transitions of the Presidio from an Army post to a national park. Docent and audio tours available.

WALKING TOUR OF PRESIDIO MAIN POST

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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Produced by the Presidio Trust and Antenna Audio, the audio tour can be experienced via cell phone or MP3 player at 18 destinations on the Main Post.

How to Experience the Historic Main Post Audio Walking Tour

FIRST
Download the Historic Main Post Audio Walking Tour Map to view the 18 stops available on the tour.

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By Cell Phone – Anyone can access the audio tour on their cell phone by calling (888) 301-5678. After dialing the number from a cell phone, enter the tour stop number and press #.

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By Downloading Files – Download the audio files to an iPod or MP3 player from this link: http://interface.audiovideoweb.com/podlnk/9971/play.xml. Be sure to download all 18 tour stops.

Question? Please call the Presidio Trust at (415) 561-5418.

PRESIDIO SHUTTLE TOURS

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Entry Fee:  FREE

Every First Wednesday of the Month

Noon to 1 pm

The Presidio Trust’s monthly free guided shuttle tour introduces visitors to the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks, with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Visit the Main Post, Crissy Field, Fort Winfield Scott, the western coastal bluffs, and more.

Reserve your space now

Space is limited. Reservations limited to four people per party.

NEW PRESIDIO PARKLANDS PROJECT SITE TOURS

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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4 pm to 5 pm

An unprecedented opportunity exists to create a new gateway to the visitor experience at the Presidio of San Francisco, a new kind of national park site located at the center of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban national parks in the world.

The Presidio Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, has selected five renowned firms to develop conceptual design and programming for 10 acres of new parkland that will be created in the Presidio atop a dramatic bluff with panoramic Golden Gate views.

We invite the community to learn more about this effort and to share their ideas.

New Presidio Parklands Project Site Tours

Learn about the New Presidio Parklands Project from members of the project team. Hear more about the vision for re-connecting Crissy Field with the Main Post. Get your questions answered, and share your own ideas for this magnificent site.

Site Tours are available every Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 pm. Tours meet in the Presidio Trust lobby at 103 Montgomery Street, Main Post, in the Presidio.

  • Reservations are required.
  • Groups of eight (8) or more may request a private tour.
  • Approximately ¼ mile of walking is involved, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Tours with fewer than eight participants may be cancelled 24-hours prior to start time. Registrants will be notified via email of any cancellations.

RSVP for a site walk >>

Learn more about the New Presidio Parklands Project >>

FORT POINT

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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Fantastic building and museum,, located at the east end of the Crissy field trail, right under the Golden Gate bridge. A huge three-story fort first built by the Spanish in the 18th century and then reconstructed by the US Army in the 19th century.  When it’s open, you can walk all over the fort’s three stories, browse the collection of books and talk to the knowledgeable docent.  Watch a video about the fort’s history,  and visit several  interesting exhibit rooms with photos and artifacts about the history of women and blacks in the Army, and depictions of Army life in the 19th century.

Call 415 556-1694 for tour reservations and information
Call 415 673-5642 for bookstore

MILITARY INTELLIGENCE HISTORIC LEARNING CENTER

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Entry Fee:  $10.00

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Beautiful new museum built by the Japanese Historical Society, located on Crissy Field at 640 Mason Street.  During WWII young Japanese volunteers, who had been living in the internment camps established by the U.S., came to the Presidio and worked as interpreters to help the U.S. to translate the secret messages and battle plans of the Japanese forces. This museum tells the story of the internment camps and the intelligence center, which became the first U.S. Defense Language School.

CALIFORNIA PIONEERS

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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A new museum with exhibits and artifacts of California history recently opened on the Presidio (Montgomery Barracks, 100 Montgomery Street, Building 100).  The current exhibit focuses on the California Gold Rush, but there are some nice paintings of the old Presidio.

Call 415 957-1849 for tour reservations and information

PRESIDIO VISITORS CENTER

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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A three-room museum and bookstore located in the Montgomery Barracks 105 Montgomery Street,on the Presidio Main Post,  across the street from the Transit Center.  A small but interesting exhibit inside what used to be the barracks of the Army Band. Operated by the National Park Service.  Their history tours are listed on the PresidioHistoryNow website.

Phone 415 556-1693 for a guided tour

PARK ARCHIVES AND RECORDS CENTER

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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Wow.  Chock full of history!  If you’re seriously researching primary sources in Presidio History this is the place to go.  There are more than five million documents, photos, oral histories, and maps filed away in the stables that were built by the Army in 1914 for the horses of the Cavalry. Located off Lincoln Blvd. on the road  (McDowell) that leads from Lincoln to Crissy field.  Sorry, the address at McDowell Ave and Cowles is not listed on Google.

Call for directions at 415 561-2808

INTERFAITH CENTER AT THE PRESIDIO

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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Murals about the history of the Presidio, painted by the WPA in the 1930’s.  The center does not list hours, but you can peek in the window on the lower floor of the building, located at 130 Fisher Loop.

Email:  linda@interfaith-presidio.org

Website has no information about murals 

PRESIDIO YMCA

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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A small but very interesting exhibit near the front desk of the YMCA, which has been serving the military on the Presidio Post since the early 1800’s.  A time line helps you visualize important historical dates, starting before 1776.  The photos are a hoot, and picture daily life on the Presidio during the Army days.  Located on Funston Avenue and Lincoln Blvd.

Phone 415 447-9622.

FREE but ask nicely at the front desk as gym is for members only.

BATTERY CHAMBERLIN

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Entry Fee:  FREE

Open  on the first full weekend of each month

11am and 3pm

Exhibit of coastal defenses of San Francisco, inside a 1904 gun battery on the bluffs near Baker Beach at the north end of the parking lot. Includes demonstrations of a 50-ton rifle.

Call 415 561-4323

Open  on Saturday and Sunday of the first full weekend of each month, between 11am and 3pm

EARTHQUAKE HOUSES

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Another small exhibit,  hiding off Funston Avenue (across from the YMCA) between  the old Presidio post hospital building (now being restored) and the old Post Headquarters building (now the Bay School).  The Army helped the City during the 1906 earthquake.  The troops helped put out the fires and the base put up hundreds of tents for homeless families on the Main Post.  These two very small examples of yesteryear’s “affordable housing” were built after the earthquake and sold (rent-to-own) for  some lucky families.  Sorry, not open to the public.  But you can peek into the windows to see that they are furnished as they were then.

COMMISSARY RESTAURANT

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Another restored building in the Montgomery Street Barracks, with furnishings from Army dinning rooms and vintage photos of military life on the walls.

Phone 415 447-9622.

FREE but ask nicely at the front desk as gym is for members only.

SAN FRANCISCO MAIN LIBRARY

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Entry Fee:  FREE

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Located at 100 Larkin Street, SF.  Exhibits and programs on Ohlones. Exhibit “Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak:  Restoring a California Legacy”  9/27/14 to 1/4/15.  Also, several related programs:  “Celebration: Ohlone Dance, Song, & Panel Discussion 10/12/14 at 1pm;  “An Evening with Contemporary Ohlone Artists” 10/15/14 6pm;  “Native California Spoken Word” 11/20/14, 6pm.