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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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We visited this palace before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. It was absolutely beautiful and enjoyed wandering around the gardens looking at all the architecture. there is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We visited this palace before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. It was absolutely beautiful and enjoyed wandering around the gardens looking at all the architecture. there is a nice café if you require food or a hot drink. This attraction is near the golden gate bridge but is a good 30 minute walk along the beach to the bridge.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

To be honest I have been to lots of beautiful places and no doubt that those beautiful places are not less beautiful than palace of fine arts but I find it more natural and beautiful than the San Francisco itself. It is a very relaxing and very beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What an amazing location for this fine museum! We enjoyed the permanent collections, the lovely cafe and especially the current exhibit of designer clothes from the past. The audio guide really helps to explain the collection of beautiful dresses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful architecture! Loved the statues and the way the Palace is constructed. The flowers and trees combined with the water surrounding it made the Palace of Fine Arts a real joy for both the eye and the intellect.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Palace of Fine Arts was on the top of my to-see list. I've seen countless pictures online and HAD to see. What a gorgeous place and area. The gardens are lush and green and beautiful. The view, the swans, the palace itself .. it's a majestic place. Must see if you're in SF, and very easy to reach via... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I took a walk around the palace, it was amazing. It was after a long day and I must say the walk around was very breathtaking and refreshing >3

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Large columns, domes, and a beautiful lagoon, make this place an iconic monument to check out when you visit San Francisco. Despite how the name sounds, this not an art museum. While it has hosted art exhibits, this is more of an historic architectural structure and a picturesque location to visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you've seen the movie, The Rock, this is where Sean Connery meets up with his estranged daughter. A nice historic landmark with a great fountain and a lovely place to have a picnic. Again its on the bus tour so worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Walking around on a fabulous sunny day around this palace is spectacular. Many photo opportunities abound, children and wedding couples alike. Bring bottled water and perhaps a snack.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Did not expect the shear size of this. The gardens were fantastic. Very pleased we came here. Recommend this if want to see something unique.

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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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