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San Francisco Bay Model

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Should be a Wonder of the World

A Gigantic model of the Bay Area and how it’s waterways work. Excellent way to find out how the... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2019
Not fancy but definitely worth it

It lacks the glitz of some venues, but it's much more authentic and worthwhile. It's a valuable... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
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2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

A Gigantic model of the Bay Area and how it’s waterways work. Excellent way to find out how the tidal system works and the eco system is kept alive. A hidden treasure that is seldom crowed.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

It lacks the glitz of some venues, but it's much more authentic and worthwhile. It's a valuable learning experience with details about how the water shed works and why we need to be concerned about this aspect of our environment. And it's HUGE!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Candace P
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Learn about the tides, currents, points of interest & just about anything for those who venture out of the Bay to kayak, sail, motor, swim, paddle board, surf, paddle surf, kite surf among other water sports and you will be better prepared for the changes...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Healthy94920
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Huge, huge space with the entire bay area in scale (seems almost full size!!!!) Fun for a visit, but not a must-do.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank gra1Sydney
Reviewed June 5, 2018

This working model of the area is as big as TWO football fields! Has a scale model of the ocean, San Francisco Bay, all the OTHER bays, PLUS water ways up to Sacramento. Entry is free, but you'll want to pay $5 to get the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank JohnAndEllenTX
Reviewed May 31, 2018

Hidden away in Sausalito, here is an educational exhibit that was actually a working model of the water levels in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Delta areas up to the turn of the century. Exhibits on dams and how gold mining affected the Bay...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Walter S
Reviewed May 23, 2018

I tried to go there when we lived in the Bay Area 50 year ago and never succeeded, but finally did now. It is pretty amazing. First, it's huge. Both the historic building and the model. I enjoyed seeing the remnants of the old technology...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank TerryRxyz
Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

If you have any interest in learning how things work, the scale model and explanations make this such a worthwhile exhibit. It's not fancy in its display (not flashy), but it is fascinating to see how water supply is impacted. And get to learn a...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank sesametea
Reviewed February 15, 2018

I hadn't visited since the 70's. Fun to learn about the bay and how the model is used. A little confusing finding the entrance. There is a lot read, watch and learn. We enjoyed, allow at least a couple of hours.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank gknari41
Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

This is a great piece of history that thankfully still operates and works today. If you are lucky you can see it operating when you go. We got lucky and got to see it filling up after we had wandered around and through the museum...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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There is no cost. It is an amazing place and I urge you to visit.