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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fort Mason Center?
Fort Mason Center, a nonprofit organization,  is a vibrant gathering place and a destination for arts and culture. Located on the northern waterfront within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason Center is a partner of the National Park Service.

Can I bring my dog?

On-leash dogs can be walked outside at Fort Mason Center. For on-leash dogs other than credentialed service dogs (see below), please check with individual event organizers for access restrictions. Please refer to the National Park Service pet policy for more information.

Note: Service animals accompanying a person with a disability, as defined by Federal law and Department of Justice regulations (Title 28 Code of Federal Regulations § 36.104), are allowed wherever visitors or employees are allowed.

What are the hours?

The main office is open seven days a week from 9 am to 8 pm. The hours of individual organizations and events vary. Please check our web site for specific times.

Where do I park when I visit Fort Mason Center?

There is parking on campus, for a minimal charge, which supports the preservation and restoration of the buildings.

Where is the handicapped parking located?

Handicapped parking is located near the entrance of each of the buildings. All buildings have ramp access and elevators.

 Is there bicycle parking at Fort Mason Center?

There are bike racks throughout the campus through the generous support of REI. At this time there is no indoor bike parking.

How can my organization become a resident of Fort Mason Center?

Only nonprofit organizations can be tenants at Fort Mason Center. Organizations selected for residency reflect the mission of Fort Mason Center connect and engage people with arts and culture, inspiring and fostering creativity by providing a vibrant gathering place and a home for thought-provoking programs,events, and organizations. Selection of resident organizations is based on the following criteria: offers public programming at Fort Mason Center, advances the mission and shares the values of Fort Mason Center, sustains quality programming over the term of the lease, supports a balance of program diversity within the campus; cooperates in matters of publicity, space use, and interaction with other resident organizations and programs, and demonstrates fiscal and managerial competence.

There is currently resident space available.

Can Fort Mason Center be rented for personal events?

Yes, located on the waterfront with spectacular views of Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, the campus offers several venues for weddings, graduations, conferences, meetings, and special celebrations. The Golden Gate Room and the Firehouse are particularly popular for more intimate events. For more information, visit the venue rentals section of the web and submit an RFP form.

How to I get a permit to exercise my right of free speech?
The National Park Service can issue a free speech permit and will work with Fort Mason Center to provide an appropriate location.  It generally takes four days to process the permit.http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit

Where is Greens restaurant?
Greens restaurant is in Building A located on the western edge of the campus.

Where can I eat at Fort Mason Center?

The world renowned vegetarian restaurant Greens is located in Building A. Greens Restaurant sets the standard for vegetarian cuisine. In addition to restaurant seating, Green To Go opens at 8am with breakfast and lunch items. Greens also has happy hour from 5 to 7 pm.

Cooks & Company, located on the ground floor of Building B, serves scrumptious morning pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups for take out until 3 pm. These can be enjoyed in the City College Artists Gallery in Building B or outside at one of the picnic tables on the south side of campus.

Goody Cafe, in Building C, serves savories and sweets Tuesday - Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm.