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The first on-site center dedicated to telling the stories of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Center welcomes visitors, provides orientation and information services, houses exhibits, and offers high-quality commemorative and interpretive merchandise. The new Welcome Center opened to the public on May 8, 2012—in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous icon. The 3,500-square-foot, energy-efficient, modular building was constructed off-site. In addition to interpretive panels, the Pavilion showcases a 12-foot Bridge "test tower" used in 1933.
In concert with visitor-experience improvements around the Golden Gate Bridge’s southeast plaza, a series of enhancements were completed along the Battery East Bay Trail, including: