Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason Center information

San Francisco , USA
cnr Marina Blvd & Laguna St
+1 415 345 7500
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Bus: 22, 28, 30
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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.