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San Francisco Bay Model

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Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
Phone Number: 415-332-3870
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.

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My uncle turned me on to this place and I was so excited to visit. To see the bay with such a large scale model is well worth the time.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My uncle turned me on to this place and I was so excited to visit. To see the bay with such a large scale model is well worth the time.

Thank arizonaac
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place! BIG, Free, great for kids. Kinda old-school, never crowded. Shows water flows and some orientation features. It's fun to find where you are and have been on the 3-D map.

Thank Sal F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The model itself is apparently the size of 2 football fields and really cool to walk around. Leading up to the model, they have museum-y rooms to walk through and an intro video, so it's actually quite a good experience before even seeing the model. It's quite awe-inspiring to see it.

Thank Kevin L
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

We traveled with a civil engineer who was delighted to find something like this. Plenty of hands on features for the kids, but enough science and technology to keep adults interested. It was larger than I expected. The information zone about shipbuilding during the war was really helpful. Lots of photos and facts about an important time of this region's... More 

Thank Barbara A
Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

This 3-acre model of the watershed was used until 2000 to predict the effects of development and environmental change. (Computer simulations are used now). It's free and educational.

Thank herestoadventures
San Diego, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

It was fun to see how big this place was. Lot of information and it was set up very nicely. A great piece of History and an exploration of the area.

Thank DavidPat
San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

This historic model of the entire bay and surrounding estuaries gives a unique understanding of how the bay works. It's fun, wheelchair accessible, and a great rainy day activity.

Thank MaryTheExplorer
Hertfordshire, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

From the entrance the building appear modern but once passed the introduction film it a a step back to the 1950s when the model was built. Interesting to see the whole bay in one room but because of the focus on the water you rely on signs to tell you where all,t he town are. My son and I enjoyed... More 

Thank edds04
Honolulu, HI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Learned so much about California waterways to the bay. Make sure you sit at the kiosks that play short videos about water usage, water diversion, agriculture. At first I didn't know why they would go to so much effort to create this model but I see the huge impact that tides and construction have on California's water. Seeing is believing.... More 

Thank HKai
Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

First visit after thinking about visiting for about 30 years. All locals should visit here at least once (sooner rather than later). Free though a $5 donation is suggested. An acre plus model of the Bay and the Delta region. Plan on an hour to hour and one-half visit at least. Parking is also free. The model demonstrates the impacts... More 

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