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Tour: the Mechanics' Institute
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Mechanics' Institute (map )
57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

Ticket TypeRegularRegistration

Spaces Available: 31 - See Who’s Coming
Contact: Tina Wong '07

Join us for a tour of the historic Mechanics' Institute!

During California’s Gold Rush, the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco was founded in 1854 with four books and a mission to serve the education, information and social needs of the city’s mechanics, artisans, and industrialists. Within a few years the Institute was offering classes in such subjects as mechanical drawing, industrial design, electrical science, and applied mathematics, had started a chess club and had acquired a magnificent library that slaked San Francisco’s voracious appetite for technical and pleasurable reading material.

Today the Mechanics’ Institute continues as an independent organization boasting a fantastic general-interest library, active cultural event calendar, and world renowned chess club. It is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

The tour includes an overview of the MI's history and mission, its landmark building’s architectural merits, and an outline of its current services. Tours typically take 50 to 75 minutes depending on the size of the group and specific areas of interest. Youngsters under the age of 15 may find it hard to stay engaged for this timeframe.

Meet 10 minutes before tour start time of 10:30am. Be prepared for walking up and down several flights of stairs as well as passing through narrow spaces.