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Civic Center

Off Of Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Pacific Heights)
415-826-1401
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Ranked #102 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Civic Centers, Libraries
Description: There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400 electronic work stations and a children's discovery center.
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Sydney, Australia
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241 reviews 241 reviews
101 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We're so lucky we're on this group tours and to visit the Civic Center is in the itinerary. It's very very impressive inside...elaborately adorned. The spectacular main hall staircase is just magnificent. This is truly a national landmark, very beautiful. You need a really good HD camera to capture this great 19th century architecture. That's maybe the reason why ,travel... More

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Orlando, Florida
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154 reviews 154 reviews
36 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Normally going to a city hall would not be part of the vacation itinerary but the neoclassical city hall building at the San Francisco Civic Center is beautiful outside and inside. The rotunda is impressively majestic as though you were in major country's capitol building. Well worth a visit although you'll have to make your away around a large contingent... More

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Hamlton, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Oh must go inside this building. After taking photos outside a kindly local stopped and told us that it was a beautiful inside and to go on in. Well, that was just about the best thing we did in SF. The ornate finishing of the inside was indeed beautiful and this is a building they can be proud off. You... More

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Lodi, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Great 19th century quaint architecture. Lobby and main hall staircase is quite spectacular for its time period. Scandals aside the 15 year rebuild of the historic landmark was worth it. Beautiful place to get married, as many were lined up like us.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

It was buzzing at the civic centre the day we visited. We signed up for the free tour (there are at least 3 a day). With the tour we got to see areas of the city hall not open to the public, such as the impressive wooden (Manchurian oak) Supervisors chamber and the mayor's office. Our guide was great -... More

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Terrible place with alot of homeless ,dont be there during the night ,maybe just because terms of those period ı've seen worst things but thats what that is ,thats not safe place to stay alone but ıts almost city center too u can reach couple of good places

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Cincinnati
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Civic Center has City Hall, where you will see people getting ready for weddings. Also, there is an interesting Asian Museum. Take a short trip to this area on your way to other parts of town.

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Portland, Maine
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239 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The Center and its large plaza is a short walk uphill through UN Plaza from the BART Civic Center station. Two of their prominent features are the world-class Asian Art Museum and the sprawling City Hall; both are magnificent. Other sites worth seeing on the plaza are the Public Library and the Opera House. No wonder the entire area is... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Wild...this building is bigger than the Capitol dome. Free one hour tours occur on M-f at 10, 12 & 2. This is a must see. When we were here there were so many people getting married. Walk up the stairs in the inside. Amazing view of the dome from inside. Can buy food outside at all the food trucks.

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Beijing, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Spectacular building! Big dome like Capitol building! I saw couples wedding ceremony there. You can find useful free maps and city magazines in the lobby!

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