Outer photo by Glen Graves, inset photo by Anise Gemmell.

Unlike a museum or theater, art at Headlands is being produced in real time. Artists participating in our programs are engaged in the behind the scenes aspects of art making – researching, reading, walking, talking, and trying their hand at new techniques and approaches.

A few times a month we throw open our doors and invite you to join us for Public Events, ranging from intimate artist talks and dinners to campus-wide Open Houses. On non-event days you’re welcome to pop by during open hours to explore the artist-rehabilitated spaces and installations, hike the neighboring trails, or simply enjoy a good cup of coffee in the Mess Hall.


Open Hours:

Headlands is open Sunday–Thursday, 12–5PM.

2023-24 additional closures:

December 22, 2023–January 6, 2024
Monday, January 15
Wednesday, January 17
Monday, February 19
Monday, May 27
Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, July 4
Monday, September 2
Monday, October 14
Tuesday, November 5
Monday, November 11
Thursday, November 28
December 23–January 1, 2025

Headlands assess Covid safety protocol on an ongoing basis and may require mask wearing indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available on site.

Additional COVID safety protocols may be enforced at Headlands’ discretion.

Questions regarding public hours, events, and rentals should be directed to

Click here for a map of the campus.


Our street address is:
944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965

Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands. We are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service. Please find directions below to reach Headlands Center for the Arts by car, bicycle, bus or ferry.

A note about accessibility: First-floor spaces in Building 944 (Mess Hall, Key Room, and Latrine) are accessible to people with mobility aids. Second- and third-floor spaces (Westwing, Eastwing, Rodeo Room, and Project Space) are currently accessible only by stairs. Note that there is a steep hill from the MUNI 76X bus stop up to the Headlands campus. During our seasonal Open Houses, special accommodations can be made for those arriving via public transportation. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please email or call 415-331-2787 X23.

*MUNI 76X bus service is currently suspended. 

Driving directions can be found here. Note that occasionally the Baker-Barry Tunnel is closed to exiting vehicles, and visitors to the park may be required to take the scenic coastal route via Conzelman Road to leave the Marin Headlands.

A bike ride into the Marin Headlands is one of the best and most beautiful ways to reach us! If you’re coming from San Francisco and are not up for the full ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, you can also take your bike on the Sausalito Ferry or on the bus using Golden Gate Transit. Visit The Marin County or San Francisco County Bike Coalition websites to learn more.

By Bus:

On Saturdays & Sundays it’s possible to visit Headlands by taking the MUNI 76  bus that runs between San Francisco and the Marin Headlands.

By Ferry:

Golden Gate Transit offers ferry service between Sausalito and San Francisco. The ferry docks in downtown Sausalito, about five miles from Headlands Center for the Arts. There is no public transportation between Headlands and the ferry terminal, but there is a nearby taxi stand. We recommend scheduling your trip with a taxi service in advance, as wait times can be long, and there is no cell service on Headlands’ campus.

Baker-Barry Tunnel. Photo: Andria Lo


Headlands Center for the Arts is a unique and memorable venue for special events of all kinds, from weddings to conferences, retreats, and everything in between. Our spaces provide enough room to spread out, and can also accommodate more intimate gatherings. The beautiful natural setting, proximity to hiking trails and outdoor spaces, and our close attention to detail and hospitality are sure to make your day special, whatever it entails. Get details here.