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Palace of Fine Arts

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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone Number: 415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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Description: Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a...
Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
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Nice walk around

I had visited on my own and it was very peaceful. It was a beautiful place to visit and I loved watching the swans and their babies. Also, a lot around to walk to and visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I must preface that I'm not a fine arts guy, so my review is a little biased. We stopped by as we were biking from Fisherman's Wharf to Sausalito. It has a beautiful exterior and was somewhat interesting to see, but I would have swapped more time in Sausalito (where we ended our bike trip) versus stopping here. It could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I had visited on my own and it was very peaceful. It was a beautiful place to visit and I loved watching the swans and their babies. Also, a lot around to walk to and visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Don’t assume that this palace displays fine art. Well, it may have in 1915, the year of the SF World’s Fair. What I found was a fine collection of Mediterranean Revival, or Roman/Greek architecture. Paths meander about a lagoon and amongst architectural “ruins” that were constructed to look this way. The name of the World’s Fair in 1915 was the... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This was a wonderful stop on our City Tour. We loved it and it was so picturesque. The only drawback is that we didn’t have enough time, because of the tour, to truly appreciate the magnitude of the places’ beauty. It was a memorable stop and a world renowned place. I love it when I’m in a part of the... More 

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Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the Palace. It's beautiful and the area around it is very peaceful! It was part of our city bus tour and there were local artists selling their paintings. Wonderful place!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

A nice evening stroll through the Palace of Fine Arts. After viewing "The Rock" I just knew that this had to be a stop during my visit to San Francisco. I wasn't disappointed. There is a unique history to this place and a nice walking path that surrounds the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Nice place to visit....to rest....have a picnic! Beautiful anytime, day or night! I have good memories there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely place for sure. I would not call it a "must visit". A great place for photos. However a lot of tourists and besides walking around the lovely pavillions that is it. If you combine this with a visit to Crissy Field than its great. Kids do enjoy seeing the ducks etc.

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Kingsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It's beautiful!!!!! Loved it very much!!!! So much detail and beauty all in one. It's fun for everyone . And it's free!!! My little Ones loved the pond with the ducks and swans . Lovely

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

What a find! I was at the Presidio when I noticed this "dome' above everything else so I just headed toward the 'dome". WHAT a find, a roman setting in the middle of a bay area neighborhood. words can't describe this place but I'll try. a nice pond/lake in front of the location will start your picture taking. the columns... More 

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Additional Information about Palace of Fine Arts

Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone Number: 415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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