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Palace of Fine Arts

Historic Site, Sculpture Garden, and Public Art
Marina District, San Francisco
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    Kaitlin T.
    "Very cool to see old world architecture in such a modern city."(11 Tips)
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  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanJanuary 12, 2016
    Beautiful night and day. The scale is massive. Everyone is dwarfed beneath the dome. The grounds surpass the interior, but the massive fireplaces that you see on the inside are really cool too.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 3, 2013
    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.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerNovember 25, 2013
    Great concert hall. Well, the usual - sit in rows e,f or g - right in the center. Pick what u want to see or hear and enjoy. If the event is going to pack the house, arrive early - parking is limited
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    The Palace of Fine Arts is an iconic San Francisco building and one of the first you encounter upon entering the city from the Golden Gate Bridge. Read more
  • Jim B.
    Jim BookJanuary 23, 2014
    very cool, walk around the lake and read the signs about the history too, lots for birders to view also along lake and island the columns and rotunda are very photgenic
  • Eric
    EricMay 30, 2014
    Most miss this while driving to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is a shame because to me it says San Francisco as much as the bridge does - walk around, contemplate, enjoy the beauty.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 30, 2011
    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
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZhangSeptember 6, 2014
    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.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 17, 2014
    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.
  • David
    DavidMay 16, 2015
    Definetely a must do. Do this while renting a bike to golden gate, go towards te center there is a musician there
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumAugust 30, 2011
    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.
  • Westfield S.
    Come celebrate the heart of San Francisco in our free animated 3D light spectacular under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre (865 Market Street) starting daily at 5 pm until September 3, 2012!
  • Richard G.
    Richard GarciaFebruary 28, 2015
    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 ;)
  • MissConnor
    MissConnorMarch 29, 2016
    Gorgeous architecture, but at night, some roller skaters reunite with loud music & color lights that ruin the atmosphere and of course, the pics.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TFebruary 13
    So much larger and more impressive than I expected. Very cool to see old world architecture in such a modern city.
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MansourMay 26, 2014
    Bring a blanket and have a picnic so you can enjoy some good old people watching - especially fun when weddings are happening
  • 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
  • Bentley F.
    Bentley FerrainaOctober 13, 2015
    The Great Houdini Escape Room is the best I've ever done. The puzzles and narrative are artful and immersive!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJanuary 14, 2016
    Originally built in 1915 for Panama-Pacific Expo, this remains an amazing place to visit. What out for the angry swans; they'll chase you.
  • herm p.
    herm pugayNovember 25, 2014
    This is all that is left from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Wonderfully preserved. I was here for an editorial shoot :)
  • Eric W.
    Eric WuebbenDecember 12, 2012
    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.
  • Pez C.
    Pez CuckowApril 30, 2016
    Make sure you don't miss the red-eared slider turtles in the Palace Lagoon
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 20, 2015
    Gorgeous building. Go the museum nearby to learn more. I love the swans!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HarrisJune 11, 2013
    Beautiful spot and great picture opportunity . . . add it to your must see list if visiting San Francisco!
  • Daniel S.
    Do a full loop here - most people just head to the center and leave but the views from all angles are equally great!
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BristowSeptember 2, 2016
    Gorgeous! Come at off peak times (in off tourist season)
  • Sarahnaut
    SarahnautSeptember 1, 2014
    There's one area where you can go up the "steps" and people watch from a height.
  • Melay M.
    Melay MMay 11, 2016
    Beautiful place to visit you can chill and just watch and enjoy
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorehiserFebruary 26, 2010
    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.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GarciaAugust 13, 2015
    If you love scenic views & feeling a bit like royalty, check this place out #aesthetics haha
  • Anjani V.
    Anjani VAugust 25, 2013
    Beautiful place to roam during day light. The sights are gorgeous!
  • Dan M.
    Beautiful, beautiful place out of the blue, there are ducks, turtles and crazy raccoons hahaha
  • Bridesign Wedding Flowers
    Beautiful place for a wedding! Get affordable wedding flowers delivered in a box from delivered to this wedding venue!
  • Rita S.
    Rita SchiesserOctober 8, 2010
    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!
  • Cynthia V.
    Cynthia VelazquezJuly 7, 2013
    Love this building, awesome place to have a picnic and take lots of pictures, must visit!
  • Philipp
    PhilippJune 11, 2013
    A truly inspiring place. Bring a book, sit down on a bench, read.
  • JB U.
    JB UtheimJanuary 9, 2012
    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.
  • Nespresso USA
    Nespresso USADecember 10, 2012
    Beautiful, relaxing and breathtaking. It’s the perfect artistic getaway in San Francisco! Visit the Rotunda or have a picnic on a sunny day.
  • Pacific Catch
    Pacific CatchFebruary 5, 2012
    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.
  • Emmanuel Q.
    Emmanuel QuarteyApril 5, 2015
    Beautiful example of public architecture. San Francisco is lucky to host this gem.
  • Nespresso USA
    Nespresso USADecember 10, 2012
    Beautiful, relaxing and breathtaking. It’s the perfect artistic getaway in San Francisco! Visit the Rotunda or have a picnic on a sunny day.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuApril 16
    Gorgeous architecture for walking around and taking photos. Beautiful neighborhood but real fancy.
  • David P.
    David PascualJuly 13, 2012
    this monument is amazing. You don't realize how massive it is until you get there and see it by yourself
  • Elisabeth L.
    Beautiful piece of architecture. Have a picnic, take a walk around it. It's beautiful.
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlghanimNovember 21, 2014
    Just amazing. Don't miss this atmosphere.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SampsonJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Public Place - Always nice to see all the visitors.
  • Candid Cuisine
    Candid CuisineJune 25, 2015
    The view is just spectacular. Come here after you visited Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PinkertonAugust 30, 2015
    Beautiful late at night, plus parking is available!
  • Marco L.
    Marco LancieriNovember 23, 2015
    Great for walks and a nice relax in the park. Don't let Ed Lee tear it down for a profit.
  • Victor M.
    Victor MarquezApril 6, 2016
    Don't forget to visit it at night. The lighting of the place is beautiful.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    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.
  • Hillol D.
    Hillol DebnathJune 25, 2015
    The view across the lake is amazing. Take a stroll around the lake and you'll get beautiful views of the palace.
  • Secil S.
    Secil SansevenJuly 7, 2016
    So beautiful! The houses nearby are very beautiful as well.
  • Fi V.
    Fi VeiNovember 9, 2015
    An amazing place, try spending a few minutes relaxing and watching the lakefront.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MackayAugust 15, 2013
    A beautiful place for a rest in the sun, or a wedding photograph!
  • Tagel S.
    Tagel Shaked ZingerMarch 31, 2016
    Beautiful place. Go there for a walk or a run.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QMay 31, 2015
    No more Exploratorium but still lovely. Always wedding or engagement photo shoots, which can also be fun to creep on
  • Andrea
    AndreaMarch 27, 2014
    We went at night and beat the crowds.
  • Al B.
    Al B.August 13, 2016
    Beautiful work of art and perfect for wedding set ups.
  • Kelsi L.
    Kelsi LeithnerAugust 8, 2013
    The view here is quite nice and there are plenty of swans and ducks to feed.
  • Michelle A.
    Simply stunning!! Must see.
  • John D.
    John DohertySeptember 20, 2014
    A must visit when in San Francisco. View across to the big houses is gorgeous.
    The building look gorgeous. Make me feel like back to Athens
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaNovember 4, 2014
    Enjoy a nice stroll and the peacefulness of the neighborhood.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HyooeeedeweylouieNovember 23, 2015
    The current operators' lease is running out and the latest proposals want to turn the site into a luxury hotel. Do something about it.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JarvisJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect locale to read & relax on a sunny afternoon. Camera a must.
  • Iris R.
    Iris RodriguezDecember 20, 2011
    One of the most beautiful spots in The City. Pack a picnic and enjoy watching the swans swim by.
  • Priscilla B.
    Priscilla BulnesFebruary 23, 2016
    Good place to walk and enjoy nature!
  • Dinesh Y.
    Dinesh YalagandulaJuly 3, 2014
    You can just sit there on the benches on the sidewalk the whole day. So beautiful.
  • Seth B.
    Seth BensonSeptember 26, 2013
    Awesome to go running around at night with a flask. Nice during the day too.
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadApril 3, 2015
    Full of tourists, but gorgeous nonetheless. A must see.
  • Hemang
    HemangApril 7, 2012
    Beautiful place to visit on a warm summer day!
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Beautiful and calm place. It's the place for wonderful photos.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 16, 2016
    So glad I finally made it over to check this place out! It feels like you are in Europe.
  • Vindu G.
    Vindu GoelOctober 6, 2013
    The theater is nicely built. Lots of leg room. No bad seats. But a bit too warm. No AC.
  • Bettina K.
    Bettina KastFebruary 14, 2015
    Impressive monument with park and lake. A must-see
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Natale B.
    Love this place. Great to take picture.
  • Dave C.
    Dave C.February 3, 2016
    Its incredible at night, the lighting is perfect.
  • Cindy l.
    Cindy lauDecember 8, 2014
    Like being transported to a different place and time!
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReidMarch 7, 2016
    Beautiful architecture - try to catch it at sunset / dusk.
  • Meghan S.
    Meghan SmithAugust 13, 2015
    Such cool architecture. Just a nice place to wander around!
  • Zack R.
    Zack R.May 2, 2010
    Go to Pizzeria Avellino a block north of Palace of Fine Arts for a cheap but quality meal before your show. Good happy hour deals too!
  • Angelos N.
    Angelos NMay 20, 2012
    So gorgeous. Also, go and find 2150 Beach Street, it is Marilyn Monroe's old house.
  • Adriana J.
    Adriana JavierNovember 18, 2012
    Great people watching, particularly near the Exploratorium.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱May 9, 2016
    Peaceful and beautiful night view.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BSeptember 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    So beautiful. Weekend you may catch a glimpse of a wedding.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 15, 2016
    Wonderful on a sunny day. Beware of the swans!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    Great place for a romantic walk. So picturesque.
  • Sol G.
    Sol GallegosJanuary 15, 2015
    One of the most beautiful places to visit while in SF!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Beautiful scenery and views. Pretend you're Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SJune 14, 2016
    insanely beautiful structure. great for a picnic
  • James R.
    James RichardsonMarch 20, 2011
    The seats are on the small side, so get ready to get friendly with your seat mates
  • Andrew
    AndrewMarch 31, 2013
    This is where John Mason met his estranged daughter Jade. Stanley Goodspeed also said "Cut the chit chat, A-hole!" here.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MirakyanJune 6, 2016
    Soooo nice to walk around and take some pics, very beautiful.
  • Jahanzeb B.
    Jahanzeb BaberJune 27, 2014
    nice old architecture by the beach
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Nice scenery, definitely worth visiting!
  • Danilo M.
    Danilo MoretAugust 27, 2011
    Get here by taking the bus n. 30 to feel the city. It's all the way to the end.
  • Richard W.
    Richard WallassSeptember 14, 2015
    1st monument on my list in SF
  • Jay C.
    Jay C.September 25, 2014
    A camera is a must!
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田October 30, 2016
    Se vc tiver indo para a golden gate bridge, pare aqui antes e admire... não tem palavras para descrever como o lugar é sensacional!
  • Pri S.
    Pri SantosAugust 30, 2016
    O lugar é simplesmente gigantesco! De longe ele já mostra toda imponência. Ao se aproximar, temos a impressão de estarmos sendo transportados pra épocas antigas. Leve um casaco, uma câmera e curta!
  • Orella M.
    Orella MuñozAugust 16, 2015
    Hermoso, ideal para bodas, la cúpula se ve desde el golden gate, el edif resalta en medio de la ciudad
  • Funda A.
    Funda AkbostanciSeptember 7, 2016
    Elflerin yaşadığı şehir gibi çok sinematografik bir yer😍 bayıldık yanınıza kahvenizi götürüp çimlere uzanın.
  • Izabella
    IzabellaJanuary 12, 2016
    100 anos! Se conseguir, visite o Palace of Fine Arts de noite, é maravilhoso!
  • Desiree P.
    Desiree PMay 25
    Sitio para sentarse con un helado y observar a la gente, sobre todo a las quinceañeras que llegan por montón a hacerse su sesión de fotos.
  • Esteban L.
    Esteban LussichDecember 30, 2015
    Si han estado en Europa, recorriendo museos y monumentos, no van a encontrar nada muy deslumbrante aquí.Es para mirar desde el auto y seguir camino. No mucho más que eso.
  • zeynep y.
    zeynep yılmazJuly 10, 2016
    mükemmel bir mimari !!! mutlaka görülmeli !!!
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