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Marin County Civic Center

3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903-4112
+1 415-499-7009
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This is a great FREE tour of the Civic Center, especially if you get Ted (docent) to lead the tour... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Chris0999
FLW Iconic Structure

Great building for architect fans. Still quite functional, even with some modern safety and... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Donald B
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3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903-4112
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is a great FREE tour of the Civic Center, especially if you get Ted (docent) to lead the tour! The tour is offered Wednesday and Friday at 1030. Areas that you would not be able to see on your own are on the tour....More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Great building for architect fans. Still quite functional, even with some modern safety and commerce changes. One of his many magnificent structures, great details. Marvelous!

Thank Donald B
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

The Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, the gorgeous building spotlighted in the science fiction film Gattaca (1997), has docents available for touring the Wright's largest public project. A friend and I loved the docent's knowledge about not just the civic center, but about the...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We got to see Frank Lloyd Wright's last work (it was actually completed after his death) and enjoy the Marin County Farmers' Market on a Sunday morning by taking a short bus ride from San Rafael Transit Center. The products were top quality, including one...More

Thank Suet L
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We didn’t get a tour as it was closed for the long weekend. The Civic Center park is lovely (watch the poop from the geese). Love Frank Lloyd Wright. Still good viewing from outside

Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

One of the last projects FLW worked on, which was "completed" after his death. Beyond just architecture that reflects and integrates with its natural surroundings, the Marin County Civic Center is FLW's complete vision of a community hub complex. It's well worth a stop to...More

3  Thank Eugene E
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

This building is amazing! It was fun just to walk up and down the halls on all 3 main floors. Don’t miss the library - small but interesting pure FLW design. We missed seeing a courtroom, but have heard they are fun to see too....More

Thank Jeanne R
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

The Marin County Civic Center is worth a visit if you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. It no longer has a shop, I would like to have bought a book about the building, even a brochure would have been welcome. It is like...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I wish we had visited on a day that there are tours, but seeing such a massive Frank building, is special even just walking around the property. If you appreciate Frank's work, take the time & visit the civic center.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

No need to book just show up - we did it last minute and it was fascinating. You get shown all the design features of the building, its a cross between the Guggenheim and Star Wars. The guide was very knowledgable and the tour is...More

1  Thank angmohs
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Response from Eugene E | Reviewed this property |
Very simple to get to from either North or South on 101. Northbound: Take the N San Pedro Rd. Exit eastbound. It’s right after you crest over a hill on 101N. After Merging onto N San Pedro, get in the leftmost lane as... More
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Lydia F
4 October 2015|
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Response from Judith Y | Reviewed this property |
The Marin Civic Center is open to the public Monday thru' Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
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10 August 2015|
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Response from motohigh | Reviewed this property |
I think the interior is closed outside of business hours. If you go self-guided, visit the cafeteria on the 2nd floor and have a snack or drink while sitting on the outside terrace (near the rear of the dining room). Very... More
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