Fort Mason Center
Long Now Foundation
A monumental hint to sailors in need of a scrub, this restored, ship-shape 1939 streamline moderne landmark is decked out with Works...
A project of the Exploratorium , the Wave Organ is a sound sculpture of PVC tubes and concrete pipes capped with found marble from San...
Interval Bar & Cafe
Designed to stimulate discussion of philosophy and art, the Interval is our favorite spot in the Marina for cocktails and conversation....
Off the Grid
Some 30 food trucks circle their wagons at SF's largest mobile-gourmet hootenannys on Friday night at Fort Mason Center (2 Marina Blvd),...
Fort Mason Center information
San Francisco takes subversive glee in turning military installations into venues for nature, fine dining and out-there experimental art. Evidence: Fort Mason, once a former shipyard and embarkation point for WWII troops, now a vast cultural center and gathering place for events, drinking and eating. Wander the waterfront, keeping eyes peeled for fascinating outdoor art-and-science installations designed by the Exploratorium.
The mess halls are replaced by vegan-friendly Greens , a Zen-community-run restaurant; and also the Long Now Foundation , whose compelling exhibits reconsider extinction and the future of time. Warehouses now contain cutting-edge theater at the Magic , home base of Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard, and improvised comedy workshops at BATS Improv . The Herbst Pavilion counts major arts events and fashion shows among its arsenal – see the website for upcoming events. Hidden art exhibits include 'Tasting the Tides' water fountain, which lets you taste, with the touch of a button, the varying salinity of the bay – it's next to the firehouse, with glorious water views.