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 Program Exhibits
The Museum Program at Golden Gate NRA is dedicated to sharing the collections it holds with the public. By using on-line exhibits and displays the Museum Program can bring stories, photographs, and artifacts to everyone and encourage individuals to learn about the unique and diverse history of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Explore the history of the former Presidio Army Museum. The museum once displayed the collections and told the stories of the Presidio of San Francisco. Closed upon the departure of the Army, the collections remain part of the Golden Gate NRA's Museum Program.
This exhibit features selected collections from Alcatraz Island, also known as "The Rock." Collections include objects made by notorious inmates, historic photographs and documents, escape materials and inmate artwork; items used by officers including correctional materials when Alcatraz was a military prison period from 1859-1934; federal penitentiary materials from 1934-1963; and the American Indian occupation of 1969 -1971.
Centuries of Defense highlights the establishment of military fortifications around the San Francisco Bay Area, shows the development and construction of various battery and missile styles, presents the Bay Area's efforts in times of conflict, and also reveals the transfer of former military sites into parklands.
In connection with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's 40th birthday the Museum Program put together an exhibit that reviews park lands in three local counties (Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo), examins the area's cultural and natural contributions, and how the land became part of the park. The physical exhibit was part of the 2012 San Francisco History Expo.
The history of the Golden Gate NRA is told and discovered through the words, photographs, and objects of the people who have settled or passed through its lands. The pages of this virtual exhibit highlights a selection of those groups who have contributed to the makeup, shaping and current presence of this urban national park.
Did You Know?
Serpentine soils are home to many rare and endangered plants because they lack nutrients and contain metals toxic to plants--conditions that have led to special adaptations in the plants that can survive on them.