Bay Model Visitor Center - November and December Events


The Bay Model Visitor Center is a wonderful, FREE research and education facility built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Below are their events in November and December:

Andrew Faulkner: Perspectives – Art Exhibition

Tuesday, September 26th – Saturday, November 11th, 2017.  

A student of Trinity College, Andrew Faulkner focuses on abstract landscape and architectural interiors, drawing inspiration from his Northern California surroundings.  Born into a family of artists, his paintings fuse the color sense of interior design, with the structural sensibilities of architecture.

Trekking the Model

Saturday, November 4th & December 16th.  1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Join one of the Bay Model Visitor Center rangers for a guided tour of the 1.5 acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta.  Learn the history of the site and its two major operations that took place between 1942 – 2000.

Paintings of the California Coast – Art Exhibition

Tuesday, November 14th – Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.  

Judy Molyneux first arrived to Bolinas in the 1970’s.  Originally from Wisconsin, Judy received an MFA from the University of Michigan, before going on to teach art at Georgia Southern College.  She is now the Gallery Manager, and a feature artist, at the Bolinas Gallery.  SFMOMA Artist Gallery also represents her in the city.

Extreme Sea Life Soirée

Saturday, November 18th 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. (Reception 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM)


Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Bay Model Visitor Center present a science and art celebration of biological extremes.  Dr. Stephen Palumbi, Director of Stanford Hopkins Palumbi Lab, takes biodiversity to the absolute limit as he reveals some of the ocean’s most startling secrets.  Do you know  which ocean creatures are the fastest, deepest, hottest, coldest and oldest?  Learn these facts, and many others, at this fun event.  Art, live music, printmaking and more is included, along with two complimentary beverages.  Tickets $20. Contact [email protected] or .415.530.5366.  Minimum age is 16.  Space is limited.  Please use public transport.

John Reber’s Very Bad Idea & the Origins of the Bay Model

Saturday, December 2nd.  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The San Francisco Bay Project, also know as the Reber Plan, was designed and advocated in the late 1940’s by John Reber.  His vision was a massive civil works project that would take the mouth of the Sacramento River and channel it with locks and dams to collect fresh drinking water.  If his plan had been adopted, it would have destroyed the San Francisco Bay as we know it.  Join Charles Wallenberg, a history instructor at Berkeley City College and Convener of the California Studies Seminar at UC Berkeley, for his in depth talk about the John Reber plan.

WWII in the Shadow of Mt. Tam

Saturday, December 9th.  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the shipbuilding company, Marinship Corporation.  Founded in 1942, this bustling wartime shipyard built 93 cargo ships and oil tankers before closing their doors in 1945.  Join Ranger Joanne, and step back in time, to experience what day-to-day life was like for the 20,000 workers in the shipyard.  You will be taken on a 2-mile walking tour of the area surrounding the Bay Model Visitor Center, so comfortable shoes are recommended.  We advise dressing in layers because it can get cool on the waterfront; and also feel free to bring water and a snack.  In the case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Liberty Ships and the Lesser Known Facts

Saturday, December 9th.  1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the WWII shipbuilding company, Marinship Corporation.  Join Ranger Joanne to learn the lesser known facts about Liberty Ships, and for a tour the Marinship Exhibit.

The Bay Model Wants You!!!

Saturday, December 16th.  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Bay Model Visitor Center needs volunteers just like you!  Join one of Sausalito’s best known attractions and help in the bookstore, greet visitors, lead tours, help out with school groups, and more.  You’ll get to be a part of one of the largest working hydraulic models in existence!  Attend the orientation on Aug 9th, or contact Park Ranger, Joanne Jarvis, at 415.289.3027 or [email protected] for more information.


Entry to all events is FREE, although donations are always welcome.  Parking is also free.  Have a group of 10 or more?  Reserve a free guided tour for your class, club, or group.  Interested in the Marinship area? Free guided tours of the historic waterfront are available to small groups on weekday mornings.  For both tours, please contact the manager at least 2 weeks prior to make a reservation.  Phone: 415.332.3871

Winter Hours

Tuesday through Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Closed the following Holidays:
Veterans Day Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Christmas Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
New Years Saturday, December 30th, 2017