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Fort Mason Center

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About Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture is a historic wedding venue in San Francisco, California. Located in Great Meadow Park on San Francisco Bay, this is a superb choice for your wedding day. Explore their venues to find one that best suits your needs.

Facilities and Capacity

With a variety of venues on offer, Fort Mason Center can cater to your wedding. The General’s Residence is a romantic, private location, and can host a wedding of 130 guests in one room or 250 between two rooms. With floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, guests can enjoy scenic views of San Francisco Bay, Aquatic Park, and Alcatraz. Gallery 308 offers industrial chic for up to 250 guests and waterfront views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Firehouse is an intimate, charming event space suitable for 80 guests, overlooking Angel Island and Alcatraz. And with nearly two dozen non-profit and arts organizations as permanent residents of Fort Mason Center, you won’t have to go far to enjoy innovative art.

Services Offered

Fort Mason Center services ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsals for both. Fort Mason Center can also accommodate other events, such as bridal showers and engagement parties. The starting fee includes setup, chairs, tables, and cleanup. Additional services on offer include:

  • Event rentals
  • Get-ready rooms
  • Liability insurance
  • Lighting / sound
  • Outside vendors
  • WiFi


There has been a fort on the site since 1797, when the Mexican Army built on the coastline. The U.S. military took ownership in 1850, the same year that California joined the U.S., and built Fort Mason. In the 20th century, Fort Mason saw an expansion of its role into the U.S. Army’s embarkation point to the Pacific, particularly during World War I and II. However, the fort saw less use after the Korean War, until the U.S. Army left in 1962. The site was redeveloped as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1972 and entered a new lease of life.


Fort Mason Center is under the auspices of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the most visited National Park in the U.S., and can conveniently be reached by car or public transport in San Francisco. Parking is available.

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2 Fort Mason Center Reviews


Married on 11/03/2007

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

The historic Fort Mason Center on the SF Marina made a beautiful backdrop for our wedding ceremony. There was also ample parking which is rare in SF. We rented the Conference Center and the Marina ... Read more Room in the back where the me, the bride, and the bridesmaids could get dressed. The facility coordinator, Laurie Brown, was very professional and informative. The chairs were set up just like we asked and there was a cleaning crew to handle any mess.


2+ years ago

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 2.5
  • Professionalism 4.0
  • Responsiveness 2.5
  • Flexibility 1.5

The location is absolutely beautiful. However, like with several other venues that work with wedding parties, they were at times extremely unresponsive and inflexible. There are a lot of hidden costs. ... Read more The first person we were working with only helped until we made a deposit. Then we were passed to another person. We tried for three months to get ahold of either of these individuals only to learn that they both quit or were released. So we got another person, who of course shared information different from the first. The person who was on hand the day of, which was also a different person was absolutely lovely. Though, I think I had a reaction to her eating the hors d'oeuvres. Did I say the space was truly beautiful. They have a lot of rooms upstairs, but discourage you from using them. Lastly, they refused to bend any and let us buy an extra hour, which the original person said would be possible. They said it would not be legal for us to be on the property while they were cleaning up. This meant we had a half hour to get everything ready and start the ceremony. But they asked our caterer if it would be okay with her if they left a dump truck from the previous group onsite during our ceremony. I was very disappointed as they weren't in contract with the caterer, but instead with us. Overall, my experience was great, despite all of that. I really think they deserve a 3.5 - 4, but just not because of the areas above.

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