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Palace of Fine Arts

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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1019
Phone Number: 415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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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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Take the time to walk around this property and enjoy the architecture and gardens. We did not have a chance to go inside the buildings but enjoyed our time there just the same.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Victoria, Canada
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped off here on our way to the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoyed a nice walk around the lake. There is a cool history behind the area and how it came about.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take the time to walk around this property and enjoy the architecture and gardens. We did not have a chance to go inside the buildings but enjoyed our time there just the same.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a hidden treasure? We happen to see this on place on the movie "so I married an axe murderer" ...a comedy with Mike Myers. It's an unbelievable structure. It was built as part of the Worlds Fair in the early 1900's. I would definitely recommend adding this to the to-do list.

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Roy, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gone are the days when the Palace of Fine Arts hosted exhibits within it's inner walls. Most of the beauty is outside. For the photographer in you, there are plenty of upward and long shots to take and explore through your lens. Alas, inside exhibits lack the luster of days when I lived there. What is left is a mix... More 

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Cleveland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Do not plan on touring SF without making this stop! Taking a bus ride there is very easy from Powell Station, and the palace is absolutely magnificent. I was lucky there was a Hunger Games exhibition there as well, and I think it will be done by the end of the summer. Make sure you go before it's over!

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Thank MNMS_21
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went with the night tour on the hop on hop off bus. The walking tour was great with Matt. He told us so much about the history of this fantastic location. It has a beautiful lake with swan, art exhibits, etc. Great place to walk.

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Thank Julia S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a lovely 30 minutes wandering around the wonderfull structures and then around the lake. Free parking and plenty of spaces.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a bit like time travel- you feel like your walking outside in old Europe. Get there at sunset and stroll for some great photo opportunities. I was too impressed with the museum inside but the beauty of the grounds are worthwhile.

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Larkspur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The remaining structures of the once held Worlds Fair the Palace of Fine Art remains a romantic place in San Francisco. It's is a favorite for photo opts for weddings, proms, family portraits and holiday cards. Take a nice peaceful walk, have a picnic lunch, or just sit and relax at this gorgeous site.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bring your camera and join the bridal couples and quinceanera celebrants and pose in front of the beautiful monument. Parking is limited, as this is in a residential neighborhood. Easy strolling and nice enough lawn area if you wanted to have a picnic but most people stay a short time and move on.

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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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