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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  • We stopped here on a tour and loved it. It was an amazing historic place and had a lovely park area. I would definitely recommend going at dusk so you can get photos when the lights come on, its absol...  more »
  • We were headed back from a long walk from the ATT Park to Chrissy Field to watch the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Heading up to Marina Blvd, where I thought an Uber driver might find us I sa...  more »
  • We only visited at night. We walked the grounds which were absolutely serene & beautiful. The art details are amazing.  more »
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  • This is a very picturesque area with beautiful manicured gardens amidst towering columns. This place was in ruins before but the city has done a wonderful job of restoring the whole area and maintaining it. There's a man made lake that usually has some wild life such as ducks and other birds. Around the area, there are information boards that tell the history of the palace of fine arts.
  • It is a nice area to stroll around and take pictures. Bring your family/friends that’s not from around here to this place. I especially like coming here when it’s almost sunset. Pretty view!
  • Beautiful pictures! Great for wedding shots. Love this place. Because of the historical aspects and grand design. Wonderful time!
  • Wonderful place full of amazing history and beautiful sightseeing. It is a nice place to spend the afternoon and get a little of the nostalgic feeling of the old San Francisco. If you have time definitely go to the palace and stroll around. I loved it
  • Huge Roman like architecture. It seems that people come here to get their wedding pictures taken. The size is impressive but a little boring to be honest.
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