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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 #11 of 373 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the hundred things to love about San Francisco. We explored around and it felt like you are in medieval Greece. When we visited, there was a wedding ceremony going on and it was romantic. It's also soothing to sit by the pond and watch the birds and water. Don't forget your camera.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite places to visit & take pictures in San Francisco. Absolutely stunning! This area usually isn't crowded, and you may see a wedding party having their photos taken. Easy to get to using public transportation. We then walked to the Marina, along Crissy field, to Golden Gate Bridge. One stunning vista after another.

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Plantation, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This park is lovely, free, and a great place to relax and enjoy the day. You have 2 hours of free parking - though is there anyone watching? Go there, and enjoy one of the most beautiful places to visit in San Francisco.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This place is pretty and picturesque, a surprise piece of architecture in SF. The pond has ducks,swans, turtles and birds having baths. The surrounding neighborhood has some very nice houses as well. It is a nice place to walk around and take some pictures. We combined this visit with a walk to Crissy Field.

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Gibraltar, null, Gibraltar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Great place for taking pictures. Peaceful and quiet. Well worth a visit. Incredible how those pillars were made.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

this place was great for taking photos , and very relaxing , nice place to take a picnic lunch . Its close to san frans golden gate bridge so I would go and see the place of fine arts and then walk to the golden gate bridge its a 15 min walk

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newark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We started our day out here. Very beautiful. Took many pictures and not one bad one. Very peaceful and not a cloud in the sky. Lots of kids dressed in formal wear, so not sure what the celebration was but what a good place for a photo shoot.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I've been to San Francisco a total of 5 times in my life and only on the last trip did I finally go to this place. I was able to find free parking on Bay Street in front of a house. The signs there said the parking is 2 hours limit which is plenty of time to visit this site.... More

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Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This really is a grand structure near to a cool pond. Definitely stop by if you are in the area to walk around it for 10 minutes and take photos. Great at sunset.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

I must see place in SF. The architecture is impressive and un-descriptive feeling observing those enormous columns. A trip to SF is not complete without a visit to this palace.

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