Before the Bridge: Sight and Sound at the Golden Gate

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The newly rehabilitated Montgomery Street Barracks is the setting for a sensory experience of the Golden Gate Strait. Come experience images and sounds of this area before the iconic bridge was imagined. This exhibit surveys the dramatic geology, dangerous waters, ships, shipwrecks, lighthouses, art, and poetry related to the Golden Gate Strait. It also explores the military installations that guarded it and are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Rarely seen images, maps, and paintings are complemented by sounds of the ocean, foghorns, and sailors.

Gallery I traces the history of the magnificent Golden Gate Strait with tales of ships, lighthouses, foghorns, and shipwrecks. Gallery II explores two centuries of harbor defense, the impact of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Presidio, and the earliest vision of a national park at the Gate. Visitors can also complete an interactive scavenger hunt and attend evening programs that complement the exhibit.


Montgomery Street Barracks
103 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Montgomery Street Barracks
    103 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA