Palace of Fine Arts

Historic Site, Sculpture Garden, and Public Art
3301 Lyon St (btwn Bay St and Jefferson St), San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
Hours:
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 2:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.5/10

Based on 723 votes

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Total Visitors
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    Adriana J.
    "Great people watching, particularly near the Exploratorium."(4 Tips)
    El★na
    "The dome is enormous with amazing architectural detail."(6 Tips)
    Bourbon🍸Explorer
    "Ideal for a stroll,a picnic or just to feed the swans and ducks."(8 Tips)
    Kevin Z.
    "Come here during day or night for awesome views of this place!"(10 Tips)
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  • Manuel V.

    #Place to visit and relax at SFO

    Manuel Villasmil · 4 days ago
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  • Hillol D.

    The view across the lake is amazing. Take a stroll around the lake and you'll get beautiful views of the palace.

    Hillol Debnath · 5 days ago
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  • Candid Cuisine

    The view is just spectacular. Come here after you visited Golden Gate Bridge.

    Candid Cuisine · 6 days ago
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  • Jole P.

    Perfect place for prom pictures

    Jole P · 1 week ago
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  • Adam S.

    Great Public Place - Always nice to see all the visitors.

    Adam Sampson · 2 weeks ago
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  • Booie

    Very majestic and picturesque

    Booie · 3 weeks ago
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  • Stephanie R.

    Great place for a romantic walk. So picturesque.

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  • Jenny Q.

    No more Exploratorium but still lovely. Always wedding or engagement photo shoots, which can also be fun to creep on

    Jenny Q · May 31
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  • Thomas B.

    Nice place to chill out

    Thomas Becker · May 23
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  • Bharati W.

    Only explored the outside, was closed inside. Beautiful architecture, very well maintained

    Bharati Wilde · May 18
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  • David

    Definetely a must do. Do this while renting a bike to golden gate, go towards te center there is a musician there

    David · May 16
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  • YE JI L.

    날씨 캡숑숑-!! 웨딩사진도 찍고 ㅎㅎ

    YE JI Lee · April 11
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  • Emmanuel Q.

    Beautiful example of public architecture. San Francisco is lucky to host this gem.

    Emmanuel Quartey · April 5
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  • Zii H.

    Full of tourists, but gorgeous nonetheless. A must see.

    Zii Hammad · April 3
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  • Roger M.

    Don't forget your selfie stick

    Roger Ma · March 29
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  • Steven W.

    Great place to take a few snaps and look around...

    Steven Waller · March 16
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  • Sergio R.

    Bastante bueno el lugar

    Sergio Rodriguez · March 13
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  • Longfei X.

    Must go for tourists

    Longfei Xing · March 3
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  • Richard G.

    This place is a must visit for when sight seeing in SF. Just sit in the middle, lie down and stare at the ceiling. You can thank me later ;)

    Richard Garcia · February 28
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  • Fernando R.

    Lindo lugar para pasar una tarde al aire libre

    Fernando R · February 28
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  • Bettina K.

    Impressive monument with park and lake. A must-see

    Bettina Kast · February 14
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  • Robert Andrew F.

    Great photo spots.

    Robert Andrew Ferrer · February 12
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  • Jason F.

    Beautiful at night. Cozy atmosphere.

    Jason Fontana · February 1
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  • Michelle A.

    Simply stunning!! Must see.

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  • Sol G.

    One of the most beautiful places to visit while in SF!

    Sol Gallegos · January 15
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  • Jap-c

    Great Photo souvenir!

    Jap-c · January 2
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  • Sergio Morilo R.

    Beautiful and calm place. It's the place for wonderful photos.

    Sergio Morilo Rodrigues · December 31, 2014
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  • Cindy l.

    Like being transported to a different place and time!

    Cindy lau · December 8, 2014
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  • El★na

    Art lover's will enjoy this place. The dome is enormous with amazing architectural detail. It is well worth the time to visit, along with the Presido and is not far from the Golden Gate Bridge.

    El★na · December 5, 2014
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  • herm p.

    This is all that is left from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Wonderfully preserved. I was here for an editorial shoot :)

    herm pugay · November 25, 2014
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  • Clay M.

    An unexpected marvelous example of carved stone. Good for photos.

    Clay Miller · November 24, 2014
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  • Andrey K.

    Don't forget to feed the swans

    Andrey Klen · November 24, 2014
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  • Abdullah A.

    Just amazing. Don't miss this atmosphere.

    Abdullah Alghanim · November 21, 2014
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  • Bennett W.

    Nice spot for concerts, performances and seminar conferences. Outdoor area perfect for anyone looking for the right spot to take wedding portraits in the open area.

    Bennett Wong · November 17, 2014
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  • Richard R.

    Enjoy a nice stroll and the peacefulness of the neighborhood.

    Richard Revilla · November 4, 2014
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  • Rita L.

    Cool place to hang out

    Rita L · October 25, 2014
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  • Jules

    Free 2 hour street parking

    Jules · October 14, 2014
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  • Garwah C.

    Fyi it is not the OG one.

    Garwah Chung · October 3, 2014
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  • Jay C.

    A camera is a must!

    Jay C. · September 25, 2014
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  • Konstantin S.

    Честно говоря, какая-то фигня. Раньше тут был Эксплораториум, а теперь только пруд с птицами и некое архитектурное сооружение с претензией на историческую значимость.

    Konstantin Serditov · September 22, 2014
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  • Josh W.

    ancient roman looking temple & gardens

    Josh Wentz · September 21, 2014
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  • Mikey M.

    This place is beautiful, especially at night.

    Mikey Mizrahi · September 20, 2014
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  • John D.

    A must visit when in San Francisco. View across to the big houses is gorgeous.

    John Doherty · September 20, 2014
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  • Erik G.

    The best place on SFO.

    Erik Garrido · September 17, 2014
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  • Kevin Z.

    Come here during day or night for awesome views of this place! There are free street parking. Also there is a designated free parking lot for this place as well.

    Kevin Zhang · September 6, 2014
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  • Sarahnaut

    There's one area where you can go up the "steps" and people watch from a height.

    Sarahnaut · September 1, 2014
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  • Bourbon🍸Explorer

    Easily one of the most beautiful spots in SF. Ideal for a stroll,a picnic or just to feed the swans and ducks.

    Bourbon🍸Explorer · August 26, 2014
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  • Andrea C.

    Beautiful scenery and views. Pretend you're Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage.

    Andrea C · August 11, 2014
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  • Pocket S.

    Nice scenery, definitely worth visiting!

    Pocket Sun · August 10, 2014
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  • Carla O.

    Lindoooo! Sem comentários, um dos locais Mais bonitos que já vi.

    Carla Oliveira · August 8, 2014
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