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TREASURE ISLAND MUSEUM: PRESERVING OUR HISTORY
 
 
TREASURE ISLAND MUSEUM

For over two decades, the place to view Treasure Island's brief but colorful history was the Treasure Island Museum.

Naval Station Treasure Island was in full operation in 1975 when patriotic individuals installed exhibits of naval equipment, guns, and photographs in the Administration Building’s grand lobby to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial. Artist Lowell Nesbitt and his students painted the great overhead mural illustrating the story of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, from the U.S.S. Essex’ 1813 visit to the Vietnam War.

The Bicentennial exhibit was so successful that the Navy retained professional staff to maintain and expand the installation to include the other Sea Services, and eventually the totality of the island’s history.

The Treasure Island Museum Association (TIMA) was incorporated in 1976 to accept donated funds and artifacts. TIMA trained docents to lead adult and school tours, and presented films, videos and lectures, built exhibits, installed lighting, and operated a gift shop

In 1994, Naval Station Treasure Island was slated to close. TIMA funded and operated the Museum for another three years. The museum was closed when the Navy vacated the Naval Station on September 30, 1997.

For the past 15 years, TIMA has worked toward reopening this museum of local history, and it is included in the city’s plan for the island’s redevelopment. In the meantime, since 2009, our island history display hangs in the Building One lobby. Room 111, off the lobby, houses small temporary displays. In 2011, with TIMA’s support, the City of San Francisco secured ownership of the majority of the collection.

For more information on TIMA, to volunteer, or make a tax-deductible gift to restore the museum, visit our web site at www.TreasureIslandMuseum.org. Messages and donations can also be left at Room 111 in Building One.

 
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