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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  • Wasn’t in my plans when I planned for San Fran but when TripAdvisor pointed me in its direction and I saw pics I just had to go. Caught the bus there easily enough and the wife and I just adored walki...  more »
  • Beuatiful buildings modeled after epic Greek and Roman architecture. We took a bus from Nob Hill to get here then walked to Fisherman's Wharf. It was a beautiful sunny October day so we spent about an...  more »
  • Our visit was during our bike ride, it's definitely worth it , it's so si beautiful and big :) Just walk around and take pictures :)  more »
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  • The architecture of this place is great. I love the view of the water fountain and big columns. The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009. In addition to hosting art exhibitions, it remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals and is a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and such an icon that a miniature replica of it was built in Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim.
  • Easy 2 hour parking around the surrounding area. Beautiful architecture. People picnicking. Artists sketching and painting. Photographers for print, weddings, and family pics galore. Tourists. Ducks. Swans. Birds. Fountain. Beautiful sculptures, columns, building. Plants. Lake. Surrounded by gorgeous colorful homes. Vibrant colors. Flowers in full bloom! Short distance to walk around and to take pictures. Just loved it!
  • I went here for a company outing. We did the "Escape the Palace" challenge. The challenge included an array of puzzles that I think will test any team. Also, the staff was super friendly and helpful which was definitely needed. I didn't get to visit any of the displays, but I recommend the escape challenges. Apparently they have two other ones - Houdini and the Roosevelt escape rooms.
  • Beautiful building structure. A great place to relax to in the evening! The structure of the building is beautiful. It lights up at night and makes a perfect scenery of the lake reflecting the building...
  • A place to stop by for 15 minutes if you are in the vicinity. Everything was destroyed by a fire so there's nothing much to see except this lonely structure in the pic. It is very pretty tho, and newly-weds were shooting wedding photos in front of the palace. Near the dome there's a small pond with koi and mallards. Lots of visitors. Close to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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