The Mechanics’ Institute was created in 1854 and has become one of San Francisco’s enduring cultural institutions. The San Francisco Chronicle
recently called the Mechanics’ Institute a “vibrant cultural oasis
”, reflecting our new energy as a literary and cultural hub for the Bay Area. Located downtown, the Institute owns its building at 57 Post, has 4,800 members and serves individuals and families throughout the Bay Area, offering a world-class library, the oldest chess club in the United States, and a full calendar of engaging cultural events.