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Octagon House

Marina District
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Address: 2645 Gough St, At Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-4402
Phone Number:
+1 415-441-7512

This small museum mainly features Early American artifacts, from furniture...

This small museum mainly features Early American artifacts, from furniture to pewter, though the exterior of this odd, eight-sided building is itself worth a look.

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Neat from the Outside

Walked by from the outside and it looks neat. Very limited hours when they are open so please check their website if you want to see inside.

Reviewed 29 July 2016
Jeff M
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Nice peculiar architecture and colors from the outside. It has been marked as a San Francisco landmark. But it was closed and opening hours and days are not many. So this visit should be planned.

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Montclair, California
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We were on are last day of are family vacation and saw the octagon house through trip advisor. Did not know what to expect, this was really interesting just to check out. There isn't much to do but see the how this house is shaped like an octagon, it really is amazing how this house was built. It's definitely makes... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Walked by from the outside and it looks neat. Very limited hours when they are open so please check their website if you want to see inside.

Thank Jeff M
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Reviewed 17 October 2015

This is a really beautiful house from the outside. Situated on Gough Street between Union and Green Streets, near a lovely little park. The only problem is that it has (as an understatement) very limited opening hours. From memory I think it is the second Sunday of every month, except of course, if that Sunday butts up against a public... More 

Thank Belgo96
Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

friends and I stopped, only to find the place closed. has an interesting look from the outside. check beforehand to see if opened.

Thank jlantern3
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

There is nothing quite so invigorating as a challenge, and a house museum that is open very limited hours is just that to those who visit historic houses. The small octagonal building has been significantly altered inside to suit the purposes of the Colonial Dames. The volunteers are plesant, enthusiastic and informed. the collection is the result of donations although... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Open rarely, but go if you can. Tip: if the scheduled opening coincides with (or is close to) a holiday, the house may well not open in my experience, so call ahead to make sure. Well worth the visit to see this uniquely shaped house, although there is little inside of the original. But the collection to do with the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

My grandfather's construction company was hired in the early 1950's to renovate the building which was empty at the time. During construction, his crew found a time capsule in the wall. It contained a letter about the times, the effect of the Gold Rush, etc. among other items. That, and the beautiful neighborhood this house is in, near a fine... More 

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Reviewed 6 November 2011

Colonial Dames bought the house, restored it with some changes, and give the tours. Their interest and excitement in our country and history is contagious and you find yourself wanting to know more and visiting all their other properties.

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