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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is so beautiful, must visit . Very nice architecture, scenic and admiring. The place is beautiful, nice flowers , birds, nature . I have teen and they also loved it

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The minute I came around the corner and saw this building, I was simply stunned. This building is a permanent structure that was built to replace a temporary structure built for an Expo celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal (or so I was told)....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have wanted to see this place for years. It exceeded my expectations. Gorgeous...peaceful. I wish I had gone at night too in order to see it lit up.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bridget B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre complex is a unique place to visit in San Francisco. It is practical to take Uber or Lyft, back and forth to the entry point. Nearby public parking areas are not deemed safe because of risk of car jacking....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible architecture. Huge scale. A must visit location. We have been here before and loved the area. ( we got takeaway from Swans Oyster depot and had it here by the pond) this visit it was raining. Still a lovely area to walk. Very beautiful.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MarkWaters1974
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a lovely walk along the Promenade from Fort Point to The Palace to see this gem. The pathways and ponds through this outdoor structure make it unique for one to see. It is well done and impressive to walk through.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jim M
Reviewed February 6, 2019

Didn't go inside. Can only say that outside is beautiful ! Everywhere you look is a postcard, so you can take amazing pictures. However, be aware .... don't leave any valuables inside your car!! SF is having a huge problem os thieves breaking into cars,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 6, 2019 via mobile

This place is absolutely breath taking. It's so beautiful. The pictures aren't photoshopped! It is absolutely that beautiful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mecca M
Reviewed February 4, 2019

We spent over an hour just walking through The Palace of Fine Arts. It is just lovely and so peaceful. The sculpture is amazing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ron C
Reviewed January 29, 2019

You immediately find yourself in an antique Roman atmosphere! It's a great place for people who like taking photo and video. The pond and the small park next to it is an additional beauty. This area is totally a spectacular area. No more words! Please...More

Date of experience: November 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 Richard R | Reviewed this property |
Greetings Tara L., I can understand your concern about crime and the homeless in San Francisco. You will have absolutely no problems at dusk in this area. The homes surrounding the Fine Arts Center are what you would call... More
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