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Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123
In San Francisco, California
Historical Site
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Located at the west end of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, this park includes the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a maritime library. Visitors can board turn-of-the-century ships, tour the museum and learn traditional arts -- like boatbuilding and woodworking. The park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages.
Open year-round, 9:30am to 5/7pm (winter/summer)
Modern Restrooms
Visitor Center
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The visitor center features exhibits, interactive displays, and an auditorium for educational events and lectures. A First Order Fresnel lighthouse lens, a magnificent brass structure encasing hundreds of precisely polished prisms, guides park visitors through the door. Once inside, they can get a heading from the uniformed rangers staffing an information desk, or simply sail through the fun and interactive panels and displays.
Basic Directions

From the South Bay (San Francisco International Airport/US101): Take 101 north. Follow the signs to 101 North Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Mission Street exit, at the bottom of the ramp follow the bulk of the traffic going right on Mission Street, two blocks later again follow the bulk of the cars left on Van Ness Avenue, follow Van Ness Avenue (north) about 30 blocks. Turn right on North Point Street (east), then turn left on Polk Street. The Museum Building is straight ahead.

From the East Bay (Bay Bridge): Take the first San Francisco exit (from either the left or right lanes -- Fremont Street or Harrison Street). At the bottom of the ramp turn right (north). Turn left onto the Embarcadero. Follow the flow of traffic past Pier 39 and on to Jefferson Street. Hyde Street Pier is about 5 blocks up on the right. To reach the Museum Building, continue on the Embarcadero. Turn left on to North Point Street (east), drive for about 10 block,. then turn right on Polk Street. From the North Bay (Golden Gate Bridge/Marin): Follow the Lombard Street exit. Turn north (left) on Van Ness Avenue. Turn east (right) on North Point Street, and then north (left) on Polk Street to the Museum Building.

Please note: Parking anywhere in San Francisco is scarce. We strongly recommend public transportation. (The Hyde Street Cable Car line starts right in the park--it's a great ride!)

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