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San Francisco Bay Model

Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone Number: 415-332-3870
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Ranked #5 of 16 Attractions in Sausalito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
Attraction details
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.

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Santa Rosa, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a wonderful place to take anyone that might be interested in learning about the tide patterns of the bay.

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Chicago, IL
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204 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This giant model is awesome. It is to scale, but the water is deeper to allow for scientific observation. There is a film introducing elements, and you can just wander around the entire Bay watershed. The only difficulty is that there is minimal signage guiding people walking from town, which presented neat waterfront parks and pathway and then a warehouse... More 

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Morton, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The scale is awesome and the scientific information about the environment complexity and interaction is very interesting. You can spend 3 to 4 hours or more, but go even if you only have an hour to at least get the 'cliff notes' version. Informative and well presented. Creation is so interrelated, that one element can't possibly exist for hours, let... More 

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Cincinnati
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I was truly overwhelmed when I walked into the main floor of this place. 100,000 sq ft scale model of San Francisco harbor. It is hard to describe how cool this place is as it really sounds geeky. But basically engineers and environmentalists built a full scale model of the bay to evaluate some projects starting in the 1950s. So,... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I went along grudgingly with the hubby. Found I spent more time than him. Very interesting historical piece as well as current info regarding the bay.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We found this site while driving through Sausalito. If you like science at all you'll find this to be very interesting. It's got history, science, education and best of all it's free. When we were there it was operating normally and you could watch the water levels cycle from low to high tide and back. The thought that went into... More 

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Larkspur, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This Corps of Engineers model of the water flow in the SF Bay is a staple of the Sausalito tourist scene and a class trip for countless Bay Area kids - it's huge, colorful and interesting. Basically it is a huge topographical map that requires an entire building to illustrate and demonstrate water flow. Educational -- and in its own... More 

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San Francisco, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Don't expect high tech, but let a docent show you around. Shows the Bay and how future construction could effect it.

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Houston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Without good understanding and appropriate actions through the bay model, we would not be able to enjoy the beautiful Bay Area.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Go and see. It's free although we made a small donation. Lots of informative displays. It is starting to show it's age but that for not detract from the sheer scale and brilliance of the model. Great to kill a hour or so.

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