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Palace of Fine Arts

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Marina District
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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1019
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+1 415-563-6504
06:00 - 21:00
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Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a...

Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.

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Aesthetically beautiful...definitely a must if you are visiting San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts is a hidden gem in the heart of the city...visit it in the evening so that you... read more

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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Aesthetically beautiful...definitely a must if you are visiting San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts is a hidden gem in the heart of the city...visit it in the evening so that you can see it during the day as well as when the lights come on.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't miss this marvelous museum in one of San Francisco's most spectacular settings. There's always an interesting special exhibition on and the permanent collection is broad enough for lots of repeat visits. The museum also has concerts and special events on a regular basis. The grounds are gorgeous and the cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating, is perfect for a... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One must not just look at the once site of a world exposition from afar. One must also quietly walk thru it's great halls. Almost with eyes closed, one can almost feel the hundreds of thousands of people that once walked thru the giant pillars built almost a 100 years ago. Yes, it is not so old by some famous... More 

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Western NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was in San Francisco for a short two-night stay by myself and I did a quick walk through the Palace of Fine Arts. It was the morning I was flying out and I did not have a lot of time but I was able to take a short walk from my hotel on Lombard street through the marina area... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the must-see sights of San Francisco. It's off the beaten path and parking can be troublesome, but if you're around Crissy Field enroute to the Golden Gate Bridge, you must stop and see this place. Check out of the ladies looking "into" the rotunda.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

such an amazing artwork on the architecture and every spot is beautiful shot for photos! you'll see many people there taking family portraits, wedding photos, engagement photos. definitely recommend!

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We could have easily missed stopping here if it were not for the Hornblower Classic Cable Car tour. It was worth the stop and the more time you have to walk around the better.

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The unique and replica of ancient building attracts many newly wed couples come here for photo shoot. A pond that actually connects the water to the SF bay and surrounded by large area lawn. Many people bring their own travel blanket here for picnic,read, napping. Beautiful homes nearby. It's a great place for me to unwind for a few hours... More 

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West Pennant Hills, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not much there to look at. Beautiful place to take photo though. Picturesque building and landscape. No Fine Art to see. Disappointed. All that was there was some sale of comic books or something. I was expecting art.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must visit place just to take some lovely wedding or couples pictures on the outdoor gardens. The place has nothing exciting except the amazing view that is a must do.

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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. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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