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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

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Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
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3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
Marina District
+1 415-563-6504
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The palace of fine arts theater is very famous. You can see the building far away because it is majestic. When walking around it you can feel how wonderful it is. It is also a scene in movie "The Rock". I'm very happy to visit...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank cmchou
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This massive building feels a little out of place in San Francisco. Has nice gardens and lake and lots of areas for photos. Doesn’t feel like any of original history still here. Large empty hall with a little take away unit in it. Think might...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rossjgilchrist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful scenery and idyllic setting. Lovely & quiet spot to escape the city. Walkable from the Fisherman's Wharf area, about 2-3 miles of flat ground along the shore.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mike C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Neat place to explore and take pictures. This would be a nice place for a picnic. We were probably only here for about 45 minutes total but worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Skindychic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's really beautiful at night. They illuminate it nicely. I would recommend timing it as you walk back from the Presidio to the city -- otherwise it is a little bit out of the way. I wouldn't recommend in the day time... dusk is best!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in San Francisco, don’t miss to check out The Palace of Fine Arts. It’s one of the most instagramable places in San Fo! Imagine It was built in 1915 and it is still standing there! It has withstood the test of time.......More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MG S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing place, even if the design is stolen from the Roman. Well situated in a nice and clean park. Just an amazing building. Recommended

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tanja A
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Really impressive looking building. The architecture is amazing, stone pillars with decorative features. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JohnK269
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Great place and great park. On top of that it is a famous place because of the movie with -Sean Conery - the Rock :)

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank piotrh1982
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Visit the Palace of Fine Arts late in the afternoon to catch the changing light of the evening and to watch the lights come on as the daylight fades away. This is a San Francisco park, but I have never seen a park policeman come...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.
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Tara L
November 13, 2018|
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Response from TravelWorldMap | Reviewed this property |
We walk around the area and we felt pretty safe. The area is nicely kept and clean.
gaurav b
September 11, 2018|
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Response from Travel_Bug_Bitten | Reviewed this property |
no it is completely free to the public. The only problem you might have will be working around the public.
Ghie R
July 3, 2018|
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Response from Richard R | Reviewed this property |
Greetings Ghie, I would go with late afternoon as the light would be fairly uniform with the sun being on the West, less interesting side, of the facility. The photographer should have an easier time getting wedding shots... More