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Experiencing the Main Post
A photo of two men dressed up as Spanish explorers talked to a group of children near the flagpole at Pershing Square.
​A visit to the park begins at the Main Post, historically the beloved “heart of the Presidio.” When the Army was here the Main Post served as the social and administrative center of the post.
Today, the Main Post is a welcoming public place with destinations, programs, and amenities that help people experience, understand, and enjoy the entire park. There are many ways to experience the Main Post today, and much more will open to the public in coming months.
Inn at the Presidio
A 22-suite inn located at historic Pershing Hall invites visitors to enjoy an overnight stay in the park.
Events and Programs
The Main Post is a lively center for public programs – from films to festivals. View the Calendar to pick an event.
Main Post Audio Tour
An audio walking tour reveals the history and evolution of the “heart of the Presidio.”
Main Parade Ground
Once used by soldiers for training and ceremony, the Main Parade has been restored as a green open space that will host informal gatherings as well as organized public events.
Presidio Visitor Center
Open Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, the Visitor Center is a great place to grab a map and get ideas for a day in the park.
Walt Disney Family Museum
An outstanding permanent exhibition is complemented by films, concerts, and kids activities at the Walt Disney Family Museum.
Coming Soon
Archaeology Lab
A state-of-the-art archaeology laboratory and curation facility is now taking shape in several historic buildings adjacent to the Officers’ Club and El Presidio de San Francisco. Exciting new public programs are coming soon.
Presidio Officers’ Club
The park’s oldest building is undergoing an historic rehabilitation and will reopen as a public venue and Heritage Center in 2013.
Montgomery Street Barracks
These iconic structures already house several Presidio organizations and will soon be enlivened by new uses.
In the Future
Main Post Bluff
At the completion of Presidio Parkway, the Main Post will be connected to the Crissy Field waterfront via a bluff featuring ten acres of new parkland. The bluff will feature public places to gather with views of the bridge, the bay, and the Presidio’s forested ridges.
Presidio Theatre
The historic Presidio Theatre will one day be reused for its original purpose as a venue for performing arts and/or film.
Park Lodge
A new park lodge will provide overnight accommodations as well as amenities that invite and serve the public.
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 Main Post Audio Tour

Narrow image of red brick Montgomery Street barracks with the Golden Gate bridge behindExperience the Main Post via an audio walking tour that reveals the history and evolution of the “heart of the Presidio.” Explore 18 special destinations using a cell phone or MP3 player.

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