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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 3 days ago via mobile

On a Sunday afternoon, my daughter and I stopped at the Palace of Fine Arts to walk and enjoy the grounds. Easy to park on a side street, we walked the monumental grounds. There were many photo opportunities, couples, families, and of course tourists abound....More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very busy. Go on a sunny day if you can. Enjoy strolling around and reading the signs with it's history on them.Immense and larger than life.

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Palace of Fine Arts is a hidden gem! It feels like a cross between Rome and Greece hidden in San Francisco. In the evening the views are stunning. One of my favorite sights in the city! We went in the evening but I'm sure...More

Thank Carole7117
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
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.