Fodor's Expert Review Presidio Officers' Club

Presidio Museum/Gallery
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An excellent place to begin a historical tour of the Presidio, the Officers' Club offers a walk through time from the Presidio's earliest days as the first nonnative outpost in present-day San Francisco to more than a century as a U.S. army post. For a richer experience, visit the Presidio Heritage Gallery upstairs before exploring the building. Start with the excellent short film about life here from the time of the Ohlone to the present, then peruse the displays of artifacts including uniforms and weaponry. Head back downstairs to the Mesa Room, where you can literally see layers of history: part of the painstakingly preserved original adobe wall from the 1790s, the brick fireplace from the 1880s commander's office, and the mission revival fireplace from the 1930s billiard room. You can imagine the brass mingling under giant wrought-iron chandeliers in the Moraga Room. Excavation of the Presidio continues: outside, a canopy covers the Presidio Archaeology Field Station, where you can... READ MORE

An excellent place to begin a historical tour of the Presidio, the Officers' Club offers a walk through time from the Presidio's earliest days as the first nonnative outpost in present-day San Francisco to more than a century as a U.S. army post. For a richer experience, visit the Presidio Heritage Gallery upstairs before exploring the building. Start with the excellent short film about life here from the time of the Ohlone to the present, then peruse the displays of artifacts including uniforms and weaponry. Head back downstairs to the Mesa Room, where you can literally see layers of history: part of the painstakingly preserved original adobe wall from the 1790s, the brick fireplace from the 1880s commander's office, and the mission revival fireplace from the 1930s billiard room. You can imagine the brass mingling under giant wrought-iron chandeliers in the Moraga Room. Excavation of the Presidio continues: outside, a canopy covers the Presidio Archaeology Field Station, where you can watch archaeologists at work from May to September. Also at the club, the outdoor seating at Mexican-influenced Arguello, by local favorite chef Traci des Jardins, is lovely on a sunny day.

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50 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, California  94129, USA

415-561–4400

www.presidioofficersclub.com

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