Fort Mason Center is at Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd. The building, a former military base and World War II point of embarkation, houses theaters, galleries and exhibits. Galleries include the Museo ItaloAmericano, the Mexican Museum and SFMOMA Artists Gallery. Traveling exhibits include the SF Antiques Fair, Arts of the Pacific and the American Crafts Council.
One of the center's hidden highlights is a small museum operated by the Long Now Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term future. Exhibits include a 10,000 Year Clock and the Rosetta Project, a linguistic database containing information about more than 2,300 languages.
Theater and dance performances, wine tastings, family-oriented events, classes and workshops are presented throughout the year.
Free. Fees are charged for some events. Parking: $2 per hour ($12 maximum Mon-Fri., $14 maximum Sat.-Sun.).
Hours: Office open daily 9-8. Closed Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead for performance and event schedule information.