We're opening a temporary museum in the former Cliff House Gift Shop in partnership with ACT Art Conservation and The Great Highway gallery with support from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Park Archives and Records Center (PARC) and the Global Museum at SF State.
If you're a part of the extended WNP family, you're invited to attend our Friends + Family Preview on Saturday, October 17, 2021 between 11:00am and 4:00pm. The first 50 people to visit on this day will receive a limited-edition poster of the Victorian-era Cliff House that was once sold in Marilyn Blaisdell's store, San Francisciana. RSVP not required but but you'll have to know the Secret Password to enter. We'll email it to all WNP insiders the week of October 11th. Wanna be in the know? Sign up for our newsletter!
This pop-up exhibition will showcase a selection of art and artifacts WNP recently saved from an auction that liquidated historical holdings of the Hountalas family--longtime proprietors of the iconic Cliff House restaurant, which closed in December 2020--and will support an exhibition currently on display at the WNP Office + Gallery at 1617 Balboa Street in the Richmond District. Both are free to the public.
The Museum opens to the general public on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and will welcome visitors to the western edge of San Francisco until mid-April 2022. Historic photographs of the area, bathing suits from the Sutro Baths, charming vintage Cliff House souvenirs and more from WNP will be displayed alongside archaeological remnants of Sutro Heights statuary, a taxidermied monkey from the Sutro Baths Museum, and other pieces rarely seen from the PARC collection.
Selections from the Egyptian collection amassed by Adolph Sutro, stewarded by the Global Museum, will also be on display in addition to works from local artists. Rounding out the exhibition will be kid-friendly interactives, a team member from Artifact to record your memories of The Cliff House, and friendly volunteers to welcome you.
Special thanks to so many people, but especially to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Global Museum at SF State, Grants for the Arts and District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan for their support of this exhibition.
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