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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco
(4.6/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, San Francisco holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Fantastic night photos. Bring your tripod. One of my favorite places in SF as it isn't usually crowded 
  • While there isn't much to visit per se, the park is well worth the visit and be sure to walk through the colonnades and under the main structure. It is like discovering a lost, ancient temple. Even wi...  more »
  • We got to see this area on two tours that we took, the second of which allowed us to stop and take pictures. The views were spectacular (we saw people who had recently got married and drove here for t...  more »
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  • Beautiful! That's really all that can be said. A must walk-through when you're walking down by the marina. Beautiful surrounding park and the neighborhood is spectacular. If you've seen the movie "Big Eyes", you'll recognize where some of the scenes were shot. Bring your camera.
  • We really enjoyed this place. The walk is so refreshing, it's clean and well kept and you can slowly make your way to the gate. There's lots for your eyes to feast on.
  • Not at all what I was expecting! Rather than being an indoor attraction, the main event here is the huge outdoor neo-classical dome that you can simply wander into and look around. It is truly spectacular! I haven't had the pleasure of attending an event indoor, though!
  • Beautiful classical architecture relic in a city of art deco. Stop in with your camera, sit on the benches near the water, take in the giant columns and large female statues and enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet.
  • Beautiful exterior and a pond in the middle of the park. It's blissful and I can only imagine how beautiful wedding pictures would look like in this location. Also great for Pok√©mon hunting, lots of stops.