San Francisco Bay Model

San Francisco Bay Model, Sausalito: Hours, Address, San Francisco Bay Model Reviews: 4.5/5

San Francisco Bay Model
4.5
Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
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Jeff M
Geyserville, CA27 contributions
Jan 2022
By the year 2000 this was obsolete, but it’s a great example of doing models before everything was digitized and done with computers. And they managed to keep this cool scale model preserved.

It really helps one get a sense of the scale of the bay(s).
Written January 15, 2022
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matkat7
Oregon175 contributions
Nov 2021
This free museum used to be the way environmental planning was done - it was used as the model to simulate changes It is now used for educational purposes and computers do the modeling. Great sign boards explaining the history. You can see the tide changing every 15 minutes; the model is to scale. We spent 2 hours there!
Written December 7, 2021
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Wynn R
Morgan Hill, CA1,810 contributions
Aug 2019
A 4.5 acre model of the SF bay and delta. Tidal cycles compresses 24 hours of tides to 15 minutes.salinity, depth ans flow rates are tested in the central lab
Written July 18, 2020
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Th.
Berkeley, CA6 contributions
Aug 2019
History and science and engineering and all of it real and tactile and --- you're just THERE, walking above the Bay like some sort of giant. We've been with our kids several times, but don't keep track of when or how often (the date Tripadvisor forces me to include is a guess), but it's a weird sort of mid-20th-century timeless.
Written April 17, 2020
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photomagica
Calgary, Alberta15 contributions
Jan 2020
Full disclosure - I'm a visual artist working in photography and the Bay Model Visitor Center hosted a show of my work of the San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds in its lovely gallery. It hosts a rotating array of shows throughout the year, mostly of regional artists but occasionally including and international artist such as myself.
The model itself is vast and informative. This is a great location to learn about San Francisco Bay environment, engineering and history. Admission is free and the rangers that operate the Bay model are friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful.
Written February 11, 2020
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Choc18Chip
San Jose, CA268 contributions
Oct 2019
The size of 2 football fields, it offers an idea of the vast waterway system in our area. My one time visit was sufficient.
Written October 25, 2019
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Charleygirl76
Chesham, UK1,181 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Atlas Obscura led us here. Science, Geography, Ecology and Engineering... all here and best of all it's free! Great for rainy days sunny days and pit stops on road trips .
Written September 28, 2019
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LWRFL
Lakewood Ranch, FL680 contributions
Sep 2019
This is truly amazing! Over an acre in size - all under roof - his is a scale model of the entire SF Bay and all it's water sources. You can actually witness how a high tide affects each area of the Bay. Truly interesting - even if science is not your thing. It really helps if you watch the introductory film first. This is FREE and has FREE parking too!
Written September 23, 2019
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cooksley007
Collegeville, PA113 contributions
Aug 2019
Made the Bay Model a late morning stop on our way to Muir Woods. Me and my science-centric 16YO totally got our nerd fix here. A remarkable bit of science, talent, and sweat went into the development of this enormous analog model. The “What-Ifs?” that the model was originally used for are now contemplated by computer models and we are thrilled that this reminder has been preserved and maintained. A remarkable place to visit.
Written September 10, 2019
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Bob M
Santa Rosa, CA73 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
I often visit Sausalito and have been meaning to check out the Bay Model. I decided yesterday was that day. I was expecting some kind of "table top" exhibit describing the flow of water in and out of the bay. Imagine my surprise when I encountered a display that is bigger than a football field! Start with the introductory video and then wander around. There's also a good exhibit about WWII shipbuilding activities in the area. Best of all: it's free and so is parking. This is NOT TO BE MISSED!
Written April 20, 2019
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