Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Golden Gate NRA, Museum Collection, GOGA 21884
Golden Gate NRA, Museum Collection, GOGA 18253
Golden Gate NRA, Herbarium Collection
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, GOGA 33760
Nearly 6000 selections from the Golden Gate NRA's museum collection, as well as from other parks, can be searched and reviewed through the National Park Service's Museum Collections site. PDF attachments and images may be available for some items, this number will increase over time as more collections are updated
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, GOGA 32470.1827
Park Archives and Records Center
The Park Archives and Records Center contains over 5 million documents, photographic images, oral histories and maps that document all areas and facets of the history associated with Golden Gate National Recreation Area from Spanish exploration and the establishment of the Presidio in 1776 to the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 as well as the current activities of the park.
The Park Archives and Records Center houses a large collection of transferred Presidio Army Records pertaining to the Presidio of San Francisco and surrounding military sites. NPS management of these Army records means that there is access to a continual line of information about the natural and cultural resources of lands that were formerly managed by the Department of Defense. The primary contents of this collection include over 1000 linear feet of Army resource records and more than 50,000 engineering drawings and maps of military sites, individual buildings, and coastal defenses.
Take a look at some of the collection's finding aids or browse the park's Photo Gallery which features images from the Park Archives. Additional information about the Park Archives' policies, online resources, and forms is available on the Research page.
You can find more in depth reviews about collections, objects, and positions in our blog: Bridging the Past: Golden Gate NRA Museum Program (This blog recently went through a transfer, efforts are still being made to update previous entries. Thank you for your patience.)
Public Reference Hours
Individual appointments are also available by calling (415) 561-2808 or e-mail us.
The Center is closed for research on all federal holidays. Please check below or call for any additional closures.
When using a mapping program type in the intersection of McDowell Ave and Cowles St, San Francisco, CA 94129, as our physical address (667 McDowell Ave) will either not register with the program or will indicate a completely different location.
Please be advised of the changing conditions and detours of the roads in the Presidio during the Doyle Drive construction project. For more information visit the Presidio Parkway website.
Did You Know?
The Ocean Beach Esplanade and Seawall was built during the period 1916 to 1929. Designed by San Francisco’s Chief Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, the seawall was considered a great engineering feat.