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San Francisco Art Institute

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Address: 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415 749 4545
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This is the oldest art school in the West, and the alma mater of some...

This is the oldest art school in the West, and the alma mater of some of the nation's most acclaimed artists.

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the wonderful frescos are worth the adventures to find diago riveras

what a good adventure to seek out diago riveras works all over san fran check out the hours of operations so you do not miss anything due to hours in public places. good for all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Art that surprises! Art about doing art... Such a unique installation. Worth the walk up the hill (and you're less than two minutes from the crookedest street: Lombard)

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

what a good adventure to seek out diago riveras works all over san fran check out the hours of operations so you do not miss anything due to hours in public places. good for all people all ages

Thank shmoo224
Central Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were walking back from Lombard Street and passed this. I saw the observatory tower so we wandered in hoping to go to the top. Unfortunately, the tower is closed, but the security guard provided directions to the stairs to the rooftop. What a treat! Great city views.

Thank Illinifan69
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

When I visited in late July, there were no classes, and most of the students’ art had been removed for building preservation. SF Art Institute is an art collect established in 1871, but the current building was constructed in 1926—the year in which Queen Elizabeth, Fidel Castro, and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were born. There is no admission... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Wandered in here today on a break from the rest of the family here on holiday. What a special place, the Diego Rivera mural is the most well known attraction but the building itself is amazing, a symphony in concrete, not to mention the stellar location - please visit!

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

What a beautiful job by a great artist, well worth a visit. The courtyard here screams "Southern Mexico". Love it.

Thank nelson958
Calabasas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A delightful little stop at the Art Institute - see the 1931 mural by Diego Rivera - as well as student art work on display. Then walk up to the rooftop level where there is a cafe and very nice views of the harbor as well as Coit Tower. The Diego Rivera mural is very special and worth the walk... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a little-known San Francisco treasure with free admission to see one of the most incredible frescos imaginable. Worth a stop by if you're at Fisherman's Wharf or Lombard Street and you need to escape the crowds and experience some culture

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Art Institute is in a mission style building with a modern annex. There is a courtyard with a Moorish fountain, and one of the exhibit halls has Diego Rivera murals. The cafe is located in the newer portion, and the rooftop has a great view of the Fisherman's whart area. A neat, free place to stop and have a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

The SFAI is near the water. It is a school, but has several features which make it well worth a visit. As an initial matter, it is free. Second, it houses a magnificent set of Diego Rivera murals. Finally, the view from the roof deck is truly spectacular.

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