Welcoming History at The Presidio Visitor Center
The William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center welcomes guests with engaging exhibits, maps, and tips for enjoying a visit to the national park. The visitor center building also offers a look back at its colorful history, closely tied to that of the Presidio.
Built originally as a U.S. Army guardhouse for up to 34 prisoners in 1900, the building was used during World War I as a jail for draft resistors and suspected spies. After World War II, the building was eventually turned into a post office and bank to service the resident military community. Those functions continued into the 2000's, all while the building survived several alternate proposals for demolition and restoration.
With its grand opening as a visitor center in early 2017, the building maintains its historic design details while offering visitors dynamic exhibits, inspiring videos, and modern trip-planning tools such as a digital calendar highlighting ranger walks, family activities and special events.
Friendly and helpful staff can assist guests with suggestions for enjoying the Presidio, whether picnicking, hiking or exploring popular sites on the ground. Gift store items are available, including sweatshirts, should Karl the Fog catch you by surprise.
The Presidio Visitor Center is conveniently located on the Main Post grounds, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day) The Presidio is easily accessible via the free PresidiGo Shuttle or San Francisco's Muni system. For more information on the Visitor Center, including a Visitor Guide, please visit the Presidio online.