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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.

Top Hotels in Civic Center

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Page Hotel
Page Hotel
2.5 out of 5
161 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $55 per night

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

2.6/5 (82 reviews)
Inner city living!

"its a rough area!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2020

Page Hotel
Oak Hotel
Oak Hotel
2 out of 5
171 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $60 per night

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. Coit Tower and Twin ...

3.2/5 (134 reviews)

"The management staff is great. They took us in even though the covid 19 virus is a real threat."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2020

Oak Hotel
Inn at Market
Inn at Market
3.5 out of 5
1412 Market St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $152 per night

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. San Francisco ...

3/5 (35 reviews)

"This hotel was the best find! Perfect location, surrounded by so many things to do! SUPER reasonable....didn’t expect such a perfect property...BUT IT IS!!!!!!! Will definitely stay here again! Do not be put off by shared bathrooms...they are super nice and SO many Of them!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Inn at Market
Edwardian Hotel
Edwardian Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1668 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $185 per night

Located in Civic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco City Hall and War Memorial Opera House. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ...

3.4/5 (136 reviews)

"Super cute room! Really awesome service and will be happy to stay again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2020

Edwardian Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $219 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Crystal Springs Golf Course, and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Mateo County Event Center and Cow ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,280 reviews)

"It was a good stay. Close to the water so I saw a lot of people walking around the property."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Park Pointe Hotel
Park Pointe Hotel
2 out of 5
245 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $72 per night

Located in The East Side, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from The Shops at Tanforan, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Oracle Park and San Francisco Museum of Modern ...

3.2/5 (1,201 reviews)

"Nothing unique; many many many many motels like this."…"

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Park Pointe Hotel

Popular places to visit in Civic Center

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(771 reviews)

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(778 reviews)

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island

4.5/5(387 reviews)

Escape to “The Rock,” home of the infamous and abandoned island prison, and discover how it earned a reputation as a cold and unforgiving place.

Top things to do in Civic Center

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
CA $77
Per adult
3-Day California Coast Tour to Santa Barbara, San Francisco & Yosemite
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3-Day California Coast Tour to Santa Barbara, San Francisco & Yosemite

98% of travellers recommend
CA $865
Per adult
6-Day San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Powell Lake
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6-Day San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Powell Lake

90% of travellers recommend
CA $1,963
Per adult
San Francisco City Tour & Aquarium of the Bay
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San Francisco City Tour & Aquarium of the Bay

CA $113
Per adult
MAGNIFICENT WEST – 7 days tour
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MAGNIFICENT WEST – 7 days tour

CA $2,371
Per adult
Wild West 4 days trip from San Francisco
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Wild West 4 days trip from San Francisco

CA $1,267
Per adult

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4/5Very Good!(525 area reviews)

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4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

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