About Fort Mason Center
Fort Mason Center engages and connects people with arts and culture on a historic waterfront campus. We inspire and foster creativity by providing a vibrant gathering place and a home for thought-provoking programs, events, and organizations.
In this complex of renovated military buildings, at the hub of the first urban National Park, visitors can discover all the vitality and diversity that make San Francisco one of the most exciting cities in the world. The concept that inspired creation of the GGNRA was to bring the park to the people. It is the bustling activity at Fort Mason Center that brings people to the park. Fort Mason Center combines, as perhaps no other place in the country, a magnificent setting in the heart of a great city with cultural activity for people of diverse interests and backgrounds.
The nonprofit Fort Mason Center has 28 venues providing flexible meeting rooms, theaters, and exhibit halls used by groups from five to 20,000. The venues can easily be transformed for events of every type and interest imaginable, including; art exhibits, classes, corporate events, pop up stores, product launches, conferences, and private events.
Every year Fort Mason Center hosts thousands of public events meeting the needs of nonprofit organizations, government and the private sector. Many cities have a symphony, an opera, museums and a zoo, but only San Francisco has Fort Mason Center, where the magnificent diversity of the Bay Area is so well represented.
The Fort Mason Center campus also serves as home to resident nonprofit organizations. Current resident organizations include: BATS Improv, Blue Bear School of Music, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, The Long Now Museum & Gallery, Magic Theatre, California Lawyers for the Arts, Greens Restaurant, The Mexican Museum, City College of San Francisco Art Campus, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Off the Grid, On the Commons, Environmental Traveling Companions, Readers Book Store, World Arts West, San Francisco Children’s Art Center, Seedling Projects, Young Performers Theatre and the Museo ItaloAmericano.
The Golden Gate National Parks
One of the largest and most popular urban national parks in the world, the Golden Gate National Parks were established in 1972, as part of a movement inspired by Congressman Phil Burton to make national parks more accessible to city dwellers and bring “parks to the people.” The parks’ 75,500 acres of land and water extend north across the Golden Gate Bridge to Tomales Bay in Marin County and south to San Mateo County.
The parks contain many historical and cultural sites in addition to Fort Mason Center - among them, Alcatraz, Muir Woods National Monument, Crissy Field, and the Presidio of San Francisco. With 19 unique ecosystems in seven distinct watersheds, five National Historic Landmarks, and 61 archeological sites the parks preserve a wealth of natural and historic treasures.
At no time is anyone permitted to carry a firearm on the Fort Mason Center campus.