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San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
415 749 4545
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Ranked #125 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Art Museums, Educational Sites
Description: 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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Strasbourg, France
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110 reviews 110 reviews
69 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The San Francisco Art Institute is an active academic institution, when I visited it was full of students working on projects and there was a vibe to it. The institution has a beautiful Diego Rivera mural and a small exhibition with modern art. In addition, works of art are exhibited in the main courtyard. The view from the terrace is... More

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San Francisco, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
55 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

My girlfriend and I biked from the Ferry Building around Embarcadero on up to SFAI purely for the views. It's an awesome place to go to enjoy city views without being surrounded by a mob of people, especially tourist! It's very peaceful as it's tucked away. You're in close proximity to Fisherman's Wharf and the famous Lombard street. I did... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Walking the near vertical streets is crazy but you can see the mission style tower over the house tops, head over it has a lovely open patio with a fountain, and building dates from 1927 with moden addition. Just a propped open door... so walk right in ! Really a gem with the Rivera mural as a bonus. A working... More

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

There are not many places where you can see a Diego Rivera mural for free. Wonderful views of San Francisco and the bay from the roof of this building. Place was empty when we visited, was a very personal experience, all parts open to the public. How do more people not know about this place?

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Good place for free parking close to Fisherman's Wharf attractions with a dose of culture thrown in.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

A hidden treasure next to the very unhidden Fisherman's Wharf. This is the oldest art school in the western United States, and includes a large Diego Rivera mural. Well worth the detour!

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Blair, Nebraska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

This was one of the stops on a van tour we took in S F. The guide didn't even make it clear what the place was but mumbled something. But it had beautiful Spanish(or Morrocan) architecture, tower, courtyard with fountain and a fantastic Diego Rivera full wall mural. Then we walked up steps to a rooftop observation area with a... More

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London
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326 reviews 326 reviews
109 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We stumbed across this while strolling in the Russian Hill area. It's a famous art college but is definitely worth a trip to see the Diego Rivera mural. The Chestnut Street building is in the Spanish Mission style and the Diego Rivera Gallery (which contains the aforesaid mural) is to the left of a beautiful fountained courtyard. The gallery also... More

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Los Angeles
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

The San Francisco Art Institute should top any list of free, funky, and fun places to visit in the city, especially with children! We were a group of three adults and two children and felt really welcome. The Diego Rivera mural is outstanding and worth the trip. There was a small exhibit in the same room of surreal assemblages of... More

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San Francisco, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

we had a wonderful time. there is a cafe across the street that is killer if you love coffee.

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