3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, California 94123

Phone Number

(415) 563 - 6504

Date Visited



Link to Website

Palace of Fine Arts


The Palace of Fine Arts is located at 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco.

Parking is available close by, on the street.  We saw three handicapped spaces.

The grounds around the Palace are smooth concrete, with many benches.

There are several sets of street-level, double-door entrances into this one level structure.

Floors inside are smooth.

Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located toward the back.

We did not see any food services.


    Surface of lot:  paved street
    Terrain:  flat
    Places to rest:  benches
    Paths and walkways:  concrete
    Doors:  double
    Elevators:  none
    Ramps:  none
    Steps and staircases:  none
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  benches
    Location of restrooms:  in building
    Type of restroom:  multi-stall, handicapped-essible
    Ease of entry and exit:  easy
    Baby changing station:  no
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  people were helpful
    Notes:  There is no dedicated parking lot. Street parking is available.

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As we followed our GPS to the Palace of Fine Arts it seemed if were arriving at a European destination with the Beaux-Arts architecture, statues, and lagoon complete with swans.

We were wowed by the grounds, the lagoon, the structure, the sculptures. “Breathtaking!” is the  only way to describe how I felt when I saw it.  I was thinking about how romantic looking it was as I saw two bridal parties taking photos – a perfect location thought I.  I discovered online that it is the most photographed wedding spot in the country.

This magnificent location started out as the setting for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to honor the completion of the Panama Canal.  It housed art works from the Renaissance to Modern.  It was intended to come down at the close of the exposition.  However, the Palace Preservation League saved it.  Today the Palace is the last reminder of a great gathering that welcomed the world to San Francisco.  It continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Bay Area residents and visitors.  The Palace is truly a landmark to love.  More than 1.5 million people visit each year. (website)

The building is a one level structure that was home to the Exploratorium for many years.  The double-door entrance is at street level.  At the moment it houses a mini expo aimed at getting people involved in a variety of things.  It is in this building that you can find multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms.

Even if you do not go inside you  must visit this fabulous setting, take a walk around the grounds, rest on the grass or on one of many benches, and just take in the scenery and people.

There is no parking lot.  Since we were there during the week we had no trouble finding street parking close by.  We suspect things are not as easy on the weekend.

As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website,, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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