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Address: Off Of Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-826-1401
Description: There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400...
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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Beautiful but beware bums

Beautiful area but filled with bums. Saw a disputes between what looked like gangsters judging by the colored coordinated clothing. Saw even more bums on the way back up.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Beautiful area but filled with bums. Saw a disputes between what looked like gangsters judging by the colored coordinated clothing. Saw even more bums on the way back up.

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Crestline, California
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28 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Off Market Street,I think Near Hyde or Larkin. There are huge art pieces in the street. When I was there, they had a side street closed down, for a movie-production. The Gold Domed City Hall is very attractive. Word Of Caution: This area is a flank of 'the tenderloin' which rivals LA's 'skid row'. and in the plaza there are... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This building is amazing. One of the best in the entire city. It has a cool history after the earthquake. Stop by and find out.

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137 reviews 137 reviews
81 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Didn't go to the civic Center because as soon as we got off the Bart, a junkie shot up at a bus stop in the middle of the day, while others pissed in alleys and laughed. The whole area stank of weed. I don't usually mind homeless, but this was horrific.

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Fremont, California
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1,306 helpful votes 1,306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We enjoy going to the Civic Center area of San Francisco. There is a lot to see here. Some of our personal highlights are: 1) City Hall -In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful city halls in California and is the site of San Francisco city government. It is nice to see the exterior day or night.... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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385 reviews 385 reviews
189 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A fabulous building, which must have looked even better back in the day before it was surrounded by so much. Well worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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111 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
36 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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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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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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