Palace of Fine Arts

Historic Site, Sculpture, Public Art
3301 Lyon St (btwn Bay & Jefferson St)
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-6504
6:00am - 9:00pm
6:00am - 9:00pm
6:00am - 9:00pm
6:00am - 9:00pm
6:00am - 9:00pm
6:00am - 9:00pm
6:00am - 9:00pm


  • 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.
  • Did you know? The Palaces 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.
  • 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.
  • Definitely a site to see before you leave your heart in San Francisco
  • Lots of very fine dudes here.
  • Beautiful, relaxing and breathtaking. Its the perfect artistic getaway in San Francisco! Visit the Rotunda or have a picnic on a sunny day.
  • Be a tourist and take a picture! Lovely :)
  • Don't walk through the sloped muddy grass to try and get to the sidewalk; with all the rain lately, you'll slip and fall!
  • You can't beat a picnic overlooking the lake with swans and the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts behind... unless you stay there until dark when it lights up!
  • Beautiful and calm place. It's the place for wonderful photos.
  • You will be transported to a different land here. Walk to the middle dome, lay on the ground and look up in wonderment. There's a pretty good echo here too! The spot of many wedding photos.
  • This place is so breath-taking!
  • go to palace of fine arts and watch an artist paint the building.
  • Enjoy a nice stroll and the peacefulness of the neighborhood.
  • Was a great Arabian play
  • This is where John Mason met his estranged daughter Jade. Stanley Goodspeed also said "Cut the chit chat, A-hole!" here.
  • Pretend like you're on planet Naboo.
  • Lay down and stare at the ceiling at 4o'clock to 5o'clock in the morning.
  • Perfect locale to read & relax on a sunny afternoon. Camera a must.
  • Don't let the swans hurt you. They're vicious!

Nearby places

Golden Gate Promenade (at Mason St)
Pier 15 (at The Embarcadero)
Lombard St (btwn Hyde & Leavenworth St)