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Civic CenterSan Francisco

See historic San Francisco government buildings, study ancient artifacts and visit renowned performing arts institutions in this cultural district.

San Francisco’s Civic Center contains many of the city’s cultural institutions and historic buildings. Survey the grand City Hall, built in the early 20th century and regarded as the centerpiece of the district. Other attractions include an art museum displaying works from Asia’s diverse cultures and an enchanting theater that stages world-class musical productions.

As its name implies, this neighborhood is home to several notable government institutions, such as San Francisco’s Supreme Court of California, the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Explore the district’s two main plazas, the Civic Center Plaza and the United Nations Plaza. Civic Center Plaza is a great place to view some of the area’s imposing classical-style architecture, while the United Nations Plaza hosts a popular semiweekly farmers market.

Book tickets for musical performances at the Orpheum Theater on Civic Center’s southern border. Inside, high, white vaulted ceilings give the theater a cathedral-like appearance.

Tour San Francisco City Hall, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Civic Center. This impressive structure was completed in 1915 after an earthquake destroyed the original building in 1906. The magnificent dome is said to have been inspired by Mansart’s Baroque dome of the Val-de-Grâce church in Paris. Find other landmarks, including the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, just a short walk from here.

Bordering the Civic Center Plaza to the east is the acclaimed Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which features more than 18,000 artworks in its permanent collection. Some pieces are more than 6,000 years old while more than 1,000 works date from the last 55 years, making this one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the western world. Examine ancient religious sculptures, military artifacts, paintings and other objects.

Civic Center is located about 14 miles (23 kilometers) from San Francisco International Airport. Find several large parking lots in the area. Stay in nearby luxury hotels and less expensive self-catered apartments.

Enjoy culture and grandiose architecture in San Francisco’s Civic Center.


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Page Hotel
Page Hotel
2.5 out of 5
161 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $52 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden Gate Theatre and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Orpheum Theater and Warfield ...

2.7/5 (96 reviews)
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"For the price this place is great and no-hassel front desk but great customer service when needed."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 2, 2020

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Oak Hotel
Oak Hotel
2 out of 5
171 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $75 per night from Apr 11 to Apr 12

Located in Civic Center, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Painted Ladies and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cable Car Museum and Lombard Street. Twin Peaks and Coit ...

3.2/5 (146 reviews)

"Great little place for the cost. Despite shared bathroom, never waited for the amenities and the room has a sink."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

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Edwardian Hotel
Edwardian Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1668 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Civic Center, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Haight Street and Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum Theater are also within ...

3.4/5 (139 reviews)
Not bad!

"Great stay in a central location. Check in was a breeze. Decent enough of a spot to crash but nothing else much to say."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2020

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Inn at Market
Inn at Market
3.5 out of 5
1412 Market St, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and Civic Center Plaza. Orpheum Theater ...

3/5 (41 reviews)

"The hotel is closed!! It’s been closed for the past four months due to booked a room a week or two ago and I finally got a response back saying I’m not getting a refund. It’ll allow you to book a room but doesn’t inform you that it’s closed!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 30, 2020

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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $148 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street, and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...

3.8/5Good! (2,515 reviews)

"Great and friendly staff really helped out. The room was clean and organized, very nice."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $130 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,285 reviews)

"Location was great. Close to attractions. Walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
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