Sutro was a colorful individual with passions for art and natural history, and he incorporated those interests into the bath complex. According to the National Park Service, The front entrance contained natural history exhibits, galleries of sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and artifacts from Mexico, China, Asia, and the Middle East, including the popular Egyptian mummies. In addition to swimming, Sutro Baths offered visitors many other attractions including band concerts, talent shows, and restaurants.
After Sutro died in 1898, the baths were managed by his family. Unfortunately, due to the Great Depression, the business declined and the complex was eventually closed. At one point the old baths were changed into ice skating rinks, but they were unsuccessful and the property was sold. There were plans to build an apartment complex there, but when a fire destroyed the complex (except for the ruins that are present today), those plans were terminated. Today, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area owns the land and has preserved the ruins for their historical significance.