Fort Mason Historic District

Neighborhood: Marina


Once known as the “Gateway to the Pacific,” Fort Mason has been the protector of a growing metropolis, a site where America’s massive military embarked for the fight against the Axis powers, a community for earthquake refugees, a home for artists and the playground of tech bros.

Since it was constructed, Fort Mason has transformed along with San Francisco, each time remaking itself into a dynamic headquarters for a changing city. During the Gold Rush it became a strategic military fort that discouraged invaders through the Golden Gate. It’s stark militaristic architecture dates back to its use as the last American port for more than 1.6 million soldiers and 23 million tons of supplies headed to the Pacific Theater during World War II. Today, visitors are more likely to visit for its use as a vibrant arts hub with performance spaces and galleries, or the regular food truck gatherings and farmers’ markets.

Next Tours

  • Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm given by John H.Sign Up
  • Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 pm given by Andy S.Sign Up
  • Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm given by John H.Sign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet next to the Guardhouse, just inside the Main Gate, Laguna and Marina Blvd.

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Please note: Private group tours required for groups of 8 or more.