• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Nike Missile Site

Visitors watch a Nike missile rise on a launcher

Welcome to SF-88!
An educational Cold War museum in the heart of GGNRA

During the tense years from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile firing batteries in the United States. These missile sites were emplaced as the last line of defense against Soviet bombers. Today, a dedicated group of volunteers works in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the continuous task of restoration at site SF-88, which has been turned into a museum. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It's a great chance for you to see the tools of the Cold War up close.

You can visit SF-88 during the week, Thursday through Saturday, 12:30 to 3:30 pm. A guided walk begins from the Testing and Assembly Building at 12:45, 1:45, and 2:30 pm. On the guided walk you will be able to see the tools of the Cold War up close. Please note that the site is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On the first Saturday of every month we hold an open house, where docents, some of them Nike veterans-tell stories about real life experience at Nike missile sites.

Visiting SF-88

SF-88 is open Thursday through Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The site is closed during wet weather for your safety. Please note that the site is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

During the first Saturday of every month we have an open house with volunteers and Nike Veterans interpreting each of the areas on the base.

Directions

Click here for an interactive map with driving directions to the Nike Missile Site.

If you're coming from the South:
Traveling north on route 101, after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, take the Alexander Avenue exit (the second exit), then turn right. Travel approximately 100 yards, through a cut in the mountain, then take the first left. Continue for about 200 yards to a tunnel. See below for directions once you exit the tunnel.

If you're coming from the North:
Traveling south on route 101, take the second Sausalito exit (just before getting on the Golden Gate Bridge). Turn right onto the frontage road then proceed under the freeway approximately 200 yards, through a cut in the mountain, then take the first left. Continue for about 200 yards to a tunnel.

After exiting the tunnel: Continue west on Bunker Road for approximately 2.5 miles. You will reach a fork in the road. Veer to the left on Field Road. About 150 yards after the fork you will see the Marin Headlands Visitor Center on your right. Site SF-88L will be the first right you come to beyond the Visitor Center parking lot. It's about a quarter mile up the hill to our gate.

More Information:

NIKE Missile Site
(415) 331-1453

Marin Headlands Visitor Center
(415) 331-1540

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