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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 #14 of 377 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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Moreno Valley, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It's lovely. You can get some good pictures. Otherwise, there's not a lot to it. Can be crowded with tour buses and hard to find parking.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A must see if you are heading to SF. It is a great place to sit and have lunch or just spend time with the one you love.

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Warrington, PA
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You drive by the Palace of Arts and feel compelled to stop, and want to visit. The disappointment quickly sets in as you expect so much and see so little. It's a beautiful building, you can walk through it in minutes and you expect so much, it's a letdown...still worth the photo op, not more....

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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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258 reviews 258 reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It may just be a spot for photos, but you can get some pretty great photos! We stopped in for about 5-10 minutes to snap a couple and went on our way.

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Londom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We were not expecting such beauty on such a large scale. Lovely. Peaceful, well-kept and very scenic. A truly great few hours in a gorgeous setting.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Wandered around with my folks on 49 mile drive. Buildings are deceptively large. Tranquil spot, but quite busy with some tour groups.

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Singapore, Singapore
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The architeture of the building, the lake, the fountains are very beautiful. Saw big swans and ducks, very relaxing. Short stay needed only though.

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Decatur, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It is my understanding this is the last building remaining from the World Expo of 1915! That's pretty cool and it sits on a beautiful man-made lake with beautiful flowers and foliage! Nice place to hold an outdoor wedding or take a few pics! But as you get closer, the magic, Disney-like look disappears as Cinderella arrives at midnight! Up... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

i went to the palace of fine arts with my boyfriend. we walked from china town, which was a pretty far walk that i don't recommend because the scenery was really boring. the palace of fine arts is beautiful, but all you can do is walk through it for five minutes and that's it. it definitely is a nice piece... More

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Surrey, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Took the Presidigo shuttle here after visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum. Took a few pictures, walked around, then caught a bus back to the hotel. Very boring, very little information.

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