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Palace of Fine Arts

Map & Directions 3301 Lyon
San Francisco, CA 94123


SF Weekly's Description

This iconic landmark, the last remaining part of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, includes both the Exploratorium science museum and a 1,000-seat performance theatre with comfy chairs and red velvet draperies covering the walls. Dance recitals, international concerts, celebrity interviews, and other popular events fill the schedule.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton on 09/03/13

    The Palace of Fine Arts is a neo-classical "ruin" originally constructed for the 1915 World's Fair and is the only structure from the historic event that is still situated on its original site.

  • Kelly S. on 05/31/11

    Built for a World's Fair, but now famous for its participation in So I Married an Axe Murderer... "Come Nadia, let us dance like children of the night."

  • Rob B. on 02/04/10

    Take a photo!

  • Exploratorium on 08/30/11

    At the Palace of Fine Arts, there's a secret listening exhibit inside one of the columns of the rotunda. SOUND COLUMN is a musical instrument whose resonating chamber is a 60-foot-high room.

  • K12 Inc on 06/30/11

    Did you know? The Palace’s design is based on a Roman ruin. It was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, in honor of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the completion of the Panama Canal.

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