History Experiences

The Presidio is where San Francisco began. Founded at the Golden Gate in 1776, it served as a military fort under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States before it became a new kind of national park in 1994. History here isn't stuffy and stolid – it's a living, evolving journey that can be explored through countless events and experiences. And history is still being made at the Presidio through the park's remarkable and ongoing transformation.

The best place to get grounded in the park's history is through the exhibitions at the Presidio Officer​s' Club​. Learn the basics and then head out into the park to dive deeper into the Presidio's stories. The Presidio is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best places in American to learn about our nation's past and to contemplate the next chapter.​

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