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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  • A must see, this beautiful historical landmark. We were staying at the Grand Hyatt Union Square and we took an Uber to the Marina area where we walked the Marina to the Palace. Note: While seeing the ...  more »
  • It is not surprise to find a clear inspiration Greco-Roman building in a not so old as San Francisco City. Very interesting and in the middle of a park with very attractive pond
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  • This is FREE and gorgeous. I traveled here by bike, but it is a stunning sight. You can walk through the gardens and architecture for fabulous pictures. There are ducks if you have small children.  more »
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  • Awesome, iconic place recognizable from many movies. One of those "look what men can make" moments. Great place to escape the real world, even if all you do is visit the colonnade. Also great spot to sketch/paint. The landscaping and pond, with a variety of birds, complements the architecture. Parking can be a booger. Like San Francisco, in general, you'll want a jacket.
  • One of the prettiest places in San Francisco! Make sure to leave plenty of time to walk around as well as sit on a bench and just look around, relax and take it all in. It is tremendous in size yet full of beautiful details. Loved the large body of water around it. One corner had turtles sunning themselves on a branch in the water. A must see on your visit to San Francisco.
  • The Palace of Fine Arts is truly a local gem. It has roots dating back to the 20s. It's a beautiful picturesque place that attracts busloads of tourists. The Marina Green, Crissy Fields, and the Presidio, also local gems are within walking distance. Best of all, they're all free.
  • So gorgeous. Very touristy so expect to find a lot of other visitors and maybe a few wedding parties too. It's a great place to take artsy photos and enjoy the scenery.
  • There is only one Palace of Fine Arts! A powerful gathering of the muses. This is likely one of the greatest classical structures built outside of antiquity. The scale and balance with nature are moving. From afar or up close POFA inspires and uplifts.
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