Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco

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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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  • The architecture and design is amazing. It is an awesome sight to behold and we highly recommend taking the time to go see this beautiful part of SFO. The Palace of fine of arts is a great place to ta...  more »
  • Incredible architecture. Beautiful parks. It is worth a visit. Plenty of space for parking. It is worth visiting it. Beautiful photos.
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  • As you marvel at the intricate design, architechture and lanscaping you'll know why it is called so. You will probably strain your neck looking at the ceiling and appreciate the ornate design before y...  more »
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  • Beauty and energy that heals- go ahead and stand right under the dome- visualize your best life if money were no object- thank the universe for every great blessing you have and clear your perspective- shift to love for every person and thing and see it all around you. Not one brick of that beautiful structure came to be real until somebody INTENDED IT. They imagined and worked on a vision that became a reality and that is the world around you- so let that pass through your infinite mind while staring straight up at the dome and the guardians looking down on you. Man have I been blessed to have this place in my back yard. Beautiful architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems
  • Very beautiful art structures from the 1915’s in a quiet Marina neighborhood. This a must visit when you visit San Francisco ! Wedding pictures taken here daily, especially on weekends. A popular spot. Like most tourists spots in San Francisco please DO NOT HAVE ANY VALUABLES visible when you park your vehicle!
  • Beautiful place any time of the year. Beautiful architecture. The lake is a nice place for a walk. With birds. Close to the golden gate.
  • Palace of Fine Arts is a gorgeous place for a small picnic or a lovely stroll around the pond/lake. If you're looking for something peaceful to do in the city I would suggest coming here and sitting on one of the benches and enjoy the sunshine. Parking can be a bit tricky, as street parking is really the only option.
  • Came for Imagine NYE 18 celebration. It was something cool to check out. My only gripe was there was no seats only stand-up tables scattered around the venue.

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