Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco

4.6
Theater · Concert / Show
Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre was one of the only constructions kept intact after the world fair. Locals were so impressed with the architecture, they campaigned to preserve the structure. Take in the elegant rotunda, the Greek-style colonnades, and the lagoon, where you can see a clear reflection of the building. Here you can relax in the company of swans, ducks, geese, turtles, and frogs. The palace hosts a variety of art exhibits, concerts, films, and theatrical performances throughout the year. Check online to see if any events here line up with your visit. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and many more San Francisco attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Francisco visit planning app.
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  • A Lovely Evening for A Wine Event In January, we were guests at a major wine event, at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St, near the Persidio. We had used our regular driver, to get there from our....  more »
  • hi so we went there with out a previous reservation even though we tried to contact but network was down but we had a fair stay over there  more »
  • Expensive visit. Smash and grab vandals. Do not park there. Take an uber. Leave NOTHING of value in your vehicle if you choose to park at the Palace of Fine Arts  more »
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  • Majestic! You cannot miss this place if you’re visiting San Francisco. Parking is the only downside. But beyond that, it’s so beautiful. Great history behind it too. Great picture spots in every corner. Best to go during the weekday when it’s less crowded.
  • A magical place worth a visit. I travel a lot and glad I've made it here to see and experience it first hand. Nearby theater Palace of Fine Arts is worth a visit as well. Don't forget your camera, sure is a place for amazing photos. Enjoy
  • Weren't able to go inside as we were on a bus tour to San Francisco. (That's why I put 4 stars) But the outside of this building was insane! So beautiful and reminded me of a roman / ancient Greek building. There was a pond was to the left side of the building with a beautiful waterfall in the middle. Would have been nice to see inside, I heard performances while I was there and a couple who had gotten married who were taking photos in the front of the building. It was a great place to stop by.
  • A beautiful place to walk around. I think there's an escape room you can go to inside the building?? My friend and I happened to see the advertising for it. Definitely check to see what "games" there are if you're able. But if you're just looking for a fun and beautiful place to admire & stroll around this fulfills that for sure!
  • This is a must see, even for Bay Area residents! The beautiful historic structures are so much more impressive in person! And this location provides endless scenic backdrops for photos galore! We even got close ups feeding the swans and ducks. Try not to photo bomb the bridal party by the willow tree; we know it wasn't intentional...

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