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Palace of Fine Arts

3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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Ranked #15 of 374 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo, which San Francisco hosted.  It was built to have the feel of an... more »
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We strolled around the grounds. There were two weddings going on that afternoon. I'd forgotten that it was shown in the movie "Vertigo". So glad the City of San Francisco saved this beautiful place.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for photographers. Very unique architecture. Almost a Roman feel. Well worth the time to visit.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great place to rest and recover your breath after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Architecture is beautiful and definitely unique in SF downtown area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I always bring my guests to this place. You seem to be in Greece, the structures are just amazing. A perfect place for photo shoots.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

this was really picturesque, lots of brides having their photos taken. Handy to the Crissy Fields area, if you want to make a detour on your way back from Golden Gate Bridge

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had an apartment 1 1/2 blocks away so it was a regular spot to go and walk our dog. The grounds are lovely but a bit un-kept....Such a lovely setting should be impeccably maintained but it has a good way to go to get up to well kept. That said, it is still a beautiful setting and has nice... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is the kind of place that people go to take wedding pics; there is a lake and columns around it. There is also a fine auditorium that hosts everything from TEDMed to dance recitals.

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Cambridge, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I loved the Palace of Fine Arts....the whole story behind it is fascinating and the pond and the swans were just so sweet and relaxing. There was a wedding the day we visited and I can only imagine how special that must have been. I am an architect buff and I just loved the ornamentation and the statues of the... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We stumbled upon this treasure....don't miss it! It is a sight to behold!! We spent several hours just walking and taking pictures. A lovely way to spend a few hours!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is a great relaxing place to walk around, picnic. Cool sculptures! Nice place to have events. Saw a few brides doing a photo shoot. The pond with the swans etc. so delightful! Nice to walk around after shopping in the Chestnut area!

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