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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
+1 415-563-6504
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Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
Marina District
+1 415-563-6504
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Reviewed yesterday

Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition as an art exhibition, the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco is one of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition. It is quite a beautiful structure to look at, especially when...More

Thank Akisato S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Brought the kids this time to see the Palace of fine arts. Such a beautiful setting for some photos and an easy walk. We did not go in (teenagers) but did enjoy the view.

Thank wendy0217
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Every trip needs a time and place when you can relax, recharge and take a break. This is the place to do it if you are touring San Francisco. It is free. It has a rest room. You don't go out of your way to...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic building and nice (although not terribly well-kept) gardens. The attached exhibition space was pretty empty when we visited but I am sure it houses some interesting exhibits from time to time.

Thank Adam-Rye-UK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place this is. Whilst the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is a fully operational live theatre venue and art space hosting international acts & works, the place is visited by many (including us on the day in question) purely for its magnificent...More

Thank WorldTravla7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another recommendation to visit. The place is absolutely beautiful and great for just a gentle stroll around to take photos and to look at the wildlife. An excellent place to relax; a lot of people seemed to have the same idea !

Thank Jimmyh432014
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and my (now) son-in-law had their wedding here and it was a beautiful venue! Private parties are reserved through the San Francisco City Parks and Recreation Department. Because it is a public place, the wedding ceremony is not private and anyone can walk...More

Thank Rachell S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, the Palace of the Fine Arts Theatre is the only remaining building from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. It is an impressive structure that gives a glimpse to another time. Plan on spending 1-2 hours strolling about the grounds.

Thank luv4phood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Google and Fb Headquarter in California. After that we went Twin Peak to see the panorama of Sanfrancisco, Palace of Fine Art where has got big pillars,Limbard Street ,Golden gate suspension bridge. Joseph Stauss eas the designer of the Golden Gate. It...More

Thank panthwe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! Such a beautiful place to visit and take photos. Walk around the fabulous structures and gardens. Lots of people taking photos. Place where some of the The Rock movie was filmed. Recommend highly to visit.

Thank aghyba
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful
backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to
the Marina. Originally the location for the
Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose
remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much
of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a
world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a
jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city.
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4 February 2017|
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Response from kurt3650 | Reviewed this property |
not only free, but worth the visit. also, the theater there is an excellent venue for a performance. not free, but...
27 July 2016|
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Response from HappyGoLucky1958 | Reviewed this property |
You could spend lots of time at this beautiful place. But an hour should easily give you enough time to take lots of pics and enjoy the setting. Chestnut street is a very close walk, and there are many cute places to eat... More
Emily C
2 February 2015|
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Response from Tigerbrad67 | Reviewed this property |
We only walked round the grounds which is free.