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Historical San Francisco Attractions

Explore San Francisco History

The City by the Bay has a rich and varied history, from Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush of 1849. Visit some of the top San Francisco tourist attractions such as Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco history museum, and Geary Theatre.

Guests can also see a piece of history right in the hotel at the Marines Memorial Club Living Memorial Museum/Library, displaying memorabilia from the Marine Corps and U.S. Military campaigns and history. Prominently displayed in the lobby is the ship’s bell from the USS San Francisco that saw extensive action throughout the Pacific during World War II, including the Battle for Guadalcanal and Pearl Harbor.

Alcatraz Island

Referred to as The Rock, Alcatraz Island has functioned as a lighthouse, military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility throughout the years. Take a tour of the grounds and see the cells of famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Stroud.

San Francisco Museum & Historical Society

785 Market Street

Housed in the Old Mint, the San Francisco History Museum uncovers the history of the Bay Area through a broad spectrum of programs and events. An ongoing project to honor the history of the city, the history museum is continuously being upgraded and expanded to encompass more of the city’s rich history.

Geary Theater

415 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 834-3200

Opened on January 10, 1910, the Geary Theater is one of the oldest theaters in the country. Currently home to the American Conservatory Theater, this magnificent building hosts performances throughout the year. Theater buffs won’t want to miss this incredible piece of San Francisco history.

National Maritime Park

The Maritime Park includes a fleet of historic vessels, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a library/research facility. The docked vessels include Alma, a scow schooner; Hercules, a steam tug; Balclutha, a square rig sailing ship;Eppleton Hall, a paddlewheel tug; Eureka, a steam ferryboat; and C.A. Thayer, a lumber schooner.

Cable Car Barn & Museum

1201 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 929-1873

Located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the Museum displays various mechanical devices as well as a large collection of historic photographs and antique cable cars. A widely-recognized symbol of the city, the Cable Car Museum is one of the top things to do in San Francisco.

Union Ferry Depot

Located on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, the Union Ferry Depot is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay. The structure also houses a shopping center and a large clock which can be seen from Market Street.

Octagon House

2645 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-7512

Built in 1861, this unique house was based upon the theory that people inhabiting a space of this shape would live healthier, happier lives. The house now houses a museum of American Colonial and Federal Era decorative arts and historical documents.

Lone Sailor Monument

The Lone Sailor Statue honors the men and women shipped out of San Francisco Bay to serve their country. The statue weighs over 800 pounds and is located on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge.