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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 362 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

A very nice place with impressive architecture, prepare your camera, you can capture really nice photos there. You must see it.

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London, United Kingdom
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132 attraction reviews
427 helpful votes 427 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

The Palace of Fine Arts is a marvellous structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. If you enjoy architecture do not miss this icon of the area, It was rebuilt in 1965. The renovation of the lagoon and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009, It is tranquil place for the pictures and picnics surrounded by architecture, quiet... More

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McKinney, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This place is a wonderful place to just sit around and enjoy the peace, quiet, and weather. Bring a blanket and some picnic food!

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Washington DC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We walked here after our visit to Crissy Field. My teen boys do not enjoy anything with the words "Find Arts". They would never had agreed to go if I mentioned this as one of the destinations. However, since we were in the neighbor, they were more than happy to walk through it. We ended up spending a good hour... More

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Washington state
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

You would think by the number of photos I took here that I was in Real Estate and trying to sell the place! First of all, the history of the area is all important but the fact that this magnificent edifice is still here as gorgeous as ever is amazing. The park area is peaceful and the surrounding area is... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

It was a little cold, the view of the light at the columns, and the lake by a side is a great spot for lovers of photography only some steps from the shore were you can picture the golden gate at sun dawn.

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Dime Box, Texas
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28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful architecture and a nice place to walk. Took some nice pictures but, lol, none of the nude bicyclists who stopped for a rest. Funny stuff. Even with a short time schedule, we were glad to take the time to stop on the way back from a Golden Gate walk.

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Berkeley, California
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It's not the most exciting and now that the exploratorium has moved there is not a whole lot to actually "do" here. But that doesn't detract from the fact that this is (in my opinion) the most beautiful pond and landscaped space in San Francisco. The dome of the palace itself is spectacular to wander through but the lake with... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This building is worth a visit - we chanced upon it on a scenic drive on the local maps. The building would do the various Louis emperors proud, and the gardens are gorgeous; very photogenic.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great place to visit...... wonderful location; scenic views; easy access from any hotels with lots of parking in the area.

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