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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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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. 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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  • Stunning! If you are in SF the this should be on your list. When the bizz on downtown SF gets to you, pop to the Palace of Fine Arts for some chill and relaxation. The architecture and plants are wond...  read more »
  • We enjoyed the majestic scenery of the Palace ... Only downfall, the restrooms are a mile away ..... around the block and it seems like it is totally off the grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts ... Als...  read more »
  • This building took our breath away. The setting is lovely and the architecture amazing. The domed ceiling is really something else! Great juxtaposition with all the more modern buildings surrounding t...  read more »
  • My daughter and I went for a very short business trip to San Francisco in October 2015. Pictures don't do justice to the beauty of this Greco-Roman architecture. The grounds are very peaceful.This place is a must whilst in San Francisco. Fantastic spot to visit if you are in a short stop in San Francisco. Wonderful place for pictures. Tourist will love and feel the grand of the past whilst strolling in its settings. It has a small and lovely reflecting pond!
  • We always love walking through this impressive structure. Great for picnics or just a nice walk. Stand in the center where the dome is and yell something straight up. You'll hear it echo. You can also stand have one person stand on one of the circles a little out from the center and have another person stand on the opposite circle. You'll be able to hear each other very well.
  • Awesome place to hang around while waiting for the 101 Golden Gate bridge traffic to wane down (at least that's what we did). The colossal, but beautiful architectures is a MUST SEE! The Swan couple now have their "ugly duckling" swimming with them - "soooocute!" as my 3 y/o exclaimed. I DO NOT know if I'll use my DSLR or my camera phone to capture the beauty of this Palace - I used them both and after a thousand shutter presses or more... I said I must go back! They had Hunger Games exhibit and some new technology stuffs when we visited (07022016) which added more things to do... but, not necessary IMHO. Because the Palace itself is that awesome. Go prove me wrong!
  • Although there's not much to do at the Palace structure itself, it's a beautiful place to sit and contemplate. It looks out over a lake and there is usually plenty of wildlife around to watch, as well as all sorts of visitors. There are often wedding shoots (or ceremonies!), and other photographic events taking place since this is such a serene and striking backdrop. The Exploratorium apparently used to be nearby, but moved to a bigger place on the Embarcadero, so now there's a different discovery museum instead. They had a Hunger Games exhibit that looked pretty unappealing, so we skipped it. But walking around the Palace was nice, and dreaming about owning one of the townhomes overlooking the lake from across the street!
  • The Palace of Fine Arts is absolutely gorgeous! We were there to see the Hunger Games exhibit. Seeing the costumes worn in the movies and learning more about what went into creating the movies was an enjoyable expeience. There were options for an audio tour and also to have yourself filmed as Katniss or Peeta riding in on the carriage as seen in the first movie. We elected not to participate in these options because we were exhausted. The experience is very hands-on and you have lots of opportunities to experience these movies in new ways.
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