The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is one of the most beautiful buildings in San Francisco. Constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, it reflects the domed and columned temples of ancient Roman and Greek style. Its exhibition hall, which once housed Impressionist paintings, is now home to a state-of-the-art science museum, the Exploratorium. The Palace is also the site of countless weddings and has served as the backdrop for many a movie, including the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Vertigo and The Rock. A beautiful lagoon surrounds the area and Australian eucalyptus trees line the eastern shore, making the Palace of Fine Arts a perfect family-photo opportunity.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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RomanceExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Anniversary,Honeymoon,Wedding,Weekend Getaway
RomanceExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Even if you're not getting married at the Palace, you might consider having your wedding photographs taken here, as many other couples do.
  • Families come here on weekends and in summer because the exhibition hall now houses one of the nation's top science museums, Exploratorium. Weekdays are quieter and a bit more romantic.
The Impressionist paintings held in the exposition hall when the Palace was constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition are long gone, but the graceful buildings inspired by classical Greek and Roman architecture remain. Around the elegant

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3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, California 94123

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Telephone Number: (415) 563-6504
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