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San Francisco Bay Model

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Learn about the tides, currents, points of interest & just about anything for those who venture out... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
Must see during your visit

This working model of the area is as big as TWO football fields! Has a scale model of the ocean... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Houston, Texas
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The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
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2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Learn about the tides, currents, points of interest & just about anything for those who venture out of the Bay to kayak, sail, motor, swim, paddle board, surf, paddle surf, kite surf among other water sports and you will be better prepared for the changes...More

Thank Healthy94920
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Huge, huge space with the entire bay area in scale (seems almost full size!!!!) Fun for a visit, but not a must-do.

Thank gra1Sydney
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This working model of the area is as big as TWO football fields! Has a scale model of the ocean, San Francisco Bay, all the OTHER bays, PLUS water ways up to Sacramento. Entry is free, but you'll want to pay $5 to get the...More

Thank JohnAndEllenTX
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Hidden away in Sausalito, here is an educational exhibit that was actually a working model of the water levels in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Delta areas up to the turn of the century. Exhibits on dams and how gold mining affected the Bay...More

Thank Walter S
Reviewed 23 May 2018

I tried to go there when we lived in the Bay Area 50 year ago and never succeeded, but finally did now. It is pretty amazing. First, it's huge. Both the historic building and the model. I enjoyed seeing the remnants of the old technology...More

Thank TerryRxyz
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

If you have any interest in learning how things work, the scale model and explanations make this such a worthwhile exhibit. It's not fancy in its display (not flashy), but it is fascinating to see how water supply is impacted. And get to learn a...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

I hadn't visited since the 70's. Fun to learn about the bay and how the model is used. A little confusing finding the entrance. There is a lot read, watch and learn. We enjoyed, allow at least a couple of hours.

Thank Glen N
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

This is a great piece of history that thankfully still operates and works today. If you are lucky you can see it operating when you go. We got lucky and got to see it filling up after we had wandered around and through the museum...More

Thank slightlyheavy
Reviewed 4 October 2017

If you are interested in the hydraulic functioning and ecology of SF Bay, I recommend the Bay Model Visitor's Center in Sausalito. The museum was built and is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers and is a working hydraulic scale model of the...More

Thank Travelerkn1
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Plan on spending at least 2 hours exploring this free gem. Our visit to San Francisco was cut short due to weather and we decided to finally explore the model. Why we waited so long to visit is a mystery. No longer used in planning,...More

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Response from RFW1943 | Reviewed this property |
There is no cost. It is an amazing place and I urge you to visit.