Around the Islands

In addition to our exhibits in the Building One lobby, pieces of the island's history can be found outside, around Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands.

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Wayside Exhibits

 

 

Four wayside exhibits can now be seen around Yerba Buena island and on the causeway down to Treasure Island.

The vanguard of many history exhibits to come as the islands are redeveloped, these waysides were created for the Treasure Island Development Authority by the developer, with most content provided by the Treasure Island Museum.

1. Treasure Island Museum

2. 150 years of the sea services on Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands are summarized in this wayside exhibit in the parking lot on the east side of the causeway, overlooking the beach and historic Quarters 10. The lot is not always open at this time.

3. The Nimitz House, Admiral Nimitz, and the other officers' quarters built around 1899 - 1900, are the subjects of two waysides in front of these historic structures. To reach them, take Macalla Road, turn left onto Northgate Road and watch for the Nimitz House sign on the right. Weekend visits are recommended due to construction traffic on weekdays.

4. The Bay Bridge and its unlikely prophet, the Emperor Norton, are featured in this wayside overlooking the bridge. Follow the Vista Point sign just south of the bike path landing.

 

Pacific Unity Statues

In front of Building One are six of the original Pacific Unity Sculptures, the most splendid survivors of the Golden Gate International Exposition other than the building itself.

The theme of the fair, Pacific Unity, found its most eloquent expression in the Court of Pacifica. Presiding over the court was sculptor Ralph Stackpole's eighty-foot "Pacifica," the fair's mythical goddess of the western ocean.

 

Arranged around the circular, three-tiered Fountain of Western Waters at the center of the court were twenty oversized Pacific Unity sculptures representing the peoples of the Pacific. 

In addition to the six statues in front of Building One, ten are in storage, eventually to be restored as part of the Treasure Island Arts Master Plan.  The other four are lost.

When you visit the island, point your smartphone at the QR codes on the statue labels or see our online content for more information about these splendid survivors.

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