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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 #16 of 376 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

it was located in the residential area - so expect nothing else around it. the palace however is magnificent with its art and was perfect for picture. this place was not far from the beach and within walking distance. i took the time from here to the beach to get a nice postcard picture of the golden gate bridge.

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New Castle, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is a nice gem that needs to be visited when you are in San Francisco. The park is small, but there are many photography opportunities. The architecture is nice to view. It appears to be classically based (Roman or Greek). Nice place to meet friends. Crissy field is a short walk away with beautiful views of the Golden Gate... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful looking building. We didn't get the chance to go inside, but it was great to just admire it from the outside. I believe that it used to be derelict, and if so they have done a superb restoration job.

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Hollister, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

took my sister here during her trip here from Oregon. I have lived in California most of my life, I took this beautiful place for granted...such a work of art. A nice respite in a busy city, beautiful and quiet. a must see.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Palace of Fine Arts is a lovely place to grab a few pictures and walk around. There's not much to "do" other than just take in the view. It's got very large structures meant to resemble Roman ruins with a lovely little pond nearby. While there aren't exactly activities nearby, it's a wonderful spot to sit and take in... More

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It's not just the monument, but the entire area, including the victorian buildings of the neighbouhood offers a charming picture of tranquility immersed in art to a visitor. the sprawling lawns, the water body, everything adds to the beauty of the place. The palace of fine arts is a favoured destination of wedding photography but architecture lovers can also enjoy... More

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We're coming up on a 100-year anniversary of this attraction, and it should be a great occasion. With monumental architecture, a limpid pool, and visitors virtually awed by the surroundings, it is a fantastic place to enjoy, for a few minutes or a few hours. There's a bus line running right past the front entrance, and if you do one... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I got to know the Palace of Fine Arts from movie "The Rock". It's so impressive. So I couldn't to wait to pay a visit to this dream place when I had a chance to be in San Francisco. When I was there, I just felt fairy tale came true. The Palace of Fine Arts is even better than my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a don't miss photo op. A great place to sit and soak up the serenity. A little tricky place to get to. A long walk back to the wharf.

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San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Great theater for snub performers. It has a beautiful lake and gardens to take stunning pictures. The building itself is most of the time is closed, but its still worth the visit even though there may not be a show when you visit.

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