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View contemporary and historic photos of the Presidio


History & Culture

The Presidio has a rich history spanning back to the time of the native Ohlone people, the Spanish colonialists, Mexican rule, and finally over 148 years of U.S. Army control. The Presidio became a preeminent military post under the U.S. Army before it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1994.

Learn of the people that lived here, and stories of how they interacted with places around the Presidio and the world. Or you may want to explore our collections of military objects and structures,



The geography, climate, and geology of the Presidio result in a complex natural history and a rich diversity of life. It is a unique world within a world. From birds to plants, the ecosystems here can be found in few places on the planet.



The Presidio of San Francisco is the perfect outdoor classroom to engage students in historic inquiry and environmental science.



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Last updated: September 3, 2015

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Mailing Address:

Fort Mason, Bldg. 201
San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4323
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