Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon St (btwn Bay St and Jefferson St), San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
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    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
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    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
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    • 2:00 PM–8:00 PM
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    • 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
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  • The Ritz-Carlton

    The Palace of Fine Arts is a neo-classical "ruin" originally constructed for the 1915 World's Fair and is the only structure from the historic event that is still situated on its original site.

    The Ritz-Carlton · September 3, 2013
  • Kelly S.

    Built for a World's Fair, but now famous for its participation in So I Married an Axe Murderer... "Come Nadia, let us dance like children of the night." Read more

    Kelly Strodl · May 31, 2011
  • Rob B.

    Take a photo!

    Rob Brehant · February 4, 2010
  • Exploratorium

    At the Palace of Fine Arts, there's a secret listening exhibit inside one of the columns of the rotunda. SOUND COLUMN is a musical instrument whose resonating chamber is a 60-foot-high room.

    Exploratorium · August 30, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The Palace’s design is based on a Roman ruin. It was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, in honor of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the completion of the Panama Canal. Read more

    K12 Inc · June 30, 2011
  • Sarah R.

    Go to the POFA and watch the seagulls.

    Sarah Romoslawski · January 25, 2010
  • El✩na K.

    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 K · December 5, 2014
  • Melissa D.

    Don't walk through the sloped muddy grass to try and get to the sidewalk; with all the rain lately, you'll slip and fall!

    Melissa Dagdagan · January 15, 2011
  • Bernard F.

    Definitely a site to see before you leave your heart in San Francisco

    Bernard Fernandes · March 5, 2011
  • Carolena (CaroBbad) H.

    This is absolutely my favorite place in San Francisco. It is beautiful,relaxing & it truly takes my breath away. It stirs up my romantic side as well. I can always recognize the scenery in a movie :-) Read more

    Carolena (CaroBbad) H. · May 4, 2010
  • ali b.

    Go to a rock show at the Palace of Fine Arts.

    ali berman · March 5, 2009
  • Hana N.

    Be a tourist and take a picture! Lovely :)

    Hana Na · April 22, 2012
  • Pacific Catch

    You will be transported to a different land here. Walk to the middle dome, lay on the ground and look up in wonderment. There's a pretty good echo here too! The spot of many wedding photos.

    Pacific Catch · February 5, 2012
  • David A.

    Lots of very fine dudes here.

    David Abramson · March 24, 2010
  • Nespresso USA

    Beautiful, relaxing and breathtaking. It’s the perfect artistic getaway in San Francisco! Visit the Rotunda or have a picnic on a sunny day.

    Nespresso USA · December 10, 2012
  • Andrew W.

    Don't let the swans hurt you. They're vicious!

    Andrew Whang · June 16, 2011
  • Rita S.

    You can't beat a picnic overlooking the lake with swans and the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts behind... unless you stay there until dark when it lights up!

    Rita Schiesser · October 8, 2010
  • Sergio Morilo R.

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

    Sergio Morilo Rodrigues · December 31, 2014
  • Laine

    Lay down and stare at the ceiling at 4o'clock to 5o'clock in the morning.

    Laine · January 7, 2012
  • Pang*\(●ω●)/

    This place is so breath-taking!

    Pang*\(●ω●)/ · September 3, 2011
  • Sonya Q.

    go to palace of fine arts and watch an artist paint the building.

    Sonya Quick · September 14, 2009
  • Richard R.

    Enjoy a nice stroll and the peacefulness of the neighborhood.

    Richard Revilla · November 4, 2014
  • Jon M.

    Check it out. Part of The Rock was filmed here. The dome is also inspiration for R2-D2. Stroll around and photobomb a wedding or quinceñara photo shoot.

    Jon McDonald · April 22, 2014
  • Vindu G.

    The theater is nicely built. Lots of leg room. No bad seats. But a bit too warm. No AC.

    Vindu Goel · October 6, 2013
  • Rawan A.

    Was a great Arabian play

    Rawan Abdulmajeed · September 15, 2013
  • @AndrewFoodie

    This is where John Mason met his estranged daughter Jade. Stanley Goodspeed also said "Cut the chit chat, A-hole!" here.

    @AndrewFoodie · March 31, 2013
  • Camille K.

    Pretend like you're on planet Naboo.

    Camille Kander · January 30, 2013
  • Hemang

    Beautiful place to visit on a warm summer day!

    Hemang · April 7, 2012
  • Brian J.

    Perfect locale to read & relax on a sunny afternoon. Camera a must.

    Brian Jarvis · July 17, 2011
  • Angelique M.

    It's more beautiful than ever! Take a walk with a friend on a sunny day.

    Angelique Mayer · January 30, 2011
  • Make a Splash

    Inevitably you'll see a couple on their wedding day getting their photos taken here.

    Make a Splash · November 22, 2010
  • Jen B.

    Great dog park - Milo who lives down the street should be mayor ...

    Jen Bennett · July 8, 2010
  • Mark C.

    Great for concerts and toms shoes

    Mark Chu Cheong · February 26, 2010
  • Sharon

    Walked here from the Ferry Building. What a trek!

    Sharon · July 28, 2009
  • Erik G.

    The best place on SFO.

    Erik Garrido · September 17, 2014
  • Anthony M.

    A beautiful place for a rest in the sun, or a wedding photograph!

    Anthony Mackay · August 15, 2013
  • Bkwm J.

    Amazing night view!

    Bkwm J · July 7, 2013
  • Chris H.

    Beautiful spot and great picture opportunity . . . add it to your must see list if visiting San Francisco!

    Chris Harris · June 11, 2013
  • Eric W.

    This is a quick stop, not a ton to see, but what you do see is beautiful. There's a science museum next door that's great for kids.

    Eric Wuebben · December 12, 2012
  • Nespresso USA

    Beautiful, relaxing and breathtaking. It’s the perfect artistic getaway in San Francisco! Visit the Rotunda or have a picnic on a sunny day.

    Nespresso USA · December 10, 2012
  • Bridesign Wedding Flowers

    Beautiful place for a wedding! Get affordable wedding flowers delivered in a box from delivered to this wedding venue!

    Bridesign Wedding Flowers · October 23, 2012
  • Angelos N.

    So gorgeous. Also, go and find 2150 Beach Street, it is Marilyn Monroe's old house.

    Angelos N · May 20, 2012
  • JB U.

    Plan to be here all day. There are entirely too many awesome things to look at, as well as things outside to take pictures of.

    JB Utheim · January 9, 2012
  • Danilo M.

    Get here by taking the bus n. 30 to feel the city. It's all the way to the end.

    Danilo Moret · August 27, 2011
  • James R.

    The seats are on the small side, so get ready to get friendly with your seat mates

    James Richardson · March 20, 2011
  • Gabriel G.

    Would make a great place for a picnic. It for sure impresses this small town Wisconsin boy.

    Gabriel Gonzalez · July 29, 2010
  • Stevan P.

    Best place in SF to take your dog!!

    Stevan Perea · March 3, 2010
  • Rebecca M.

    Seeing The DoDos & Magik Magik show @Noise Pop. Great ambiance, love the theater seating, though there is no center aisle, so getting up for a bathroom break can be tedious if your in the middle.

    Rebecca Morehiser · February 26, 2010
  • 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 · 2 days ago
  • Laila K.

    سبحان الله وبحمدهِ عدد خلقهِ ورضى نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته.(يقولها ثلاث مرات إذا أصبح. رواه مسلعهر

    Laila K · June 18, 2014