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San Francisco Bay Model

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Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
Phone Number: 415-332-3870
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The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.

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Interesting display of the bay

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Barbara A
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

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San Diego, California, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Hertfordshire, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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Honolulu, HI
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4 of 5 stars 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 

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Healdsburg, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Visited for a short while. A lot of effort has been put in, a model of the Bay Area and the Sausalito area. Very interesting and very in-depth. Just stopped for a short while. You can identify your home if you live here. Lot of planning into this model with lot of history. Drop by if you can not compulsory.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Very informative venue for educating the public on important issues surrounding San Francisco Bay: history, geology, development, habitat; and, future. Well designed and user friendly. and Free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

If you are an engineer or scientist, you will be in heaven. If you are mechanically inclined or just are interested in how things work, you will love this place.

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