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San Francisco Art Institute

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Address: 800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2206
Phone Number: 415 749 4545

This is the oldest art school in the West, and the alma mater of some of...

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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Diego Rivera mural and great views

We went there specifically to see the large Diego Rivera mural. In a room off to the left as you enter. Free but almost no information given. Just a couple minutes from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We went there specifically to see the large Diego Rivera mural. In a room off to the left as you enter. Free but almost no information given. Just a couple minutes from the crookedest street. If you walk back towards the new addition area, you are treated to great views of the wharf area, Alcatraz, and the city.

Thank chitownsam
San Francisco, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

A beautiful school in a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful students creating beautiful works of art. Not to mention the beautiful Diego Rivera mural inside. Be sure to go to the roof, so you can get beautiful views and enjoy the cafe as well.

Thank JDZatSF
Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A very special building and wonderful art show. Diego Rivera mural and wonderful Spanish style building from the 1930's.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The San Francisco Art Institute is amazing accepting. While we casually walked through its "campus", we enjoyed the artworks on display. The gem of the place is the roof top where you can have a stunning panorama view of the city.

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

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)

1 Thank Keri V
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

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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.

1 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 via mobile

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.

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Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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