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Address: Off Of Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94118
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There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400...

There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400 electronic work stations and a children's discovery center.

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I was in sfo for a business trip at the federal building. Walked around civic center. Beautiful rotunda. It is an architectural marvel. Must see at least one time. 👍 Enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Katymitt
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Oakland, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bart has 1 escalator working. The homeless used the entire area to shoot up. It's a dangerous place to walk. The food in the surrounding area is subpar.

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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Civic Center has special memories for us, as well as being a nice central plaza area for rallies and St Pats events.

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Thank Hilary D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I was in sfo for a business trip at the federal building. Walked around civic center. Beautiful rotunda. It is an architectural marvel. Must see at least one time. 👍 Enjoyed the nearby too.

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Thank Katymitt
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1,666 reviews
545 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Despite the recent gentrification, this area is still pretty rough and prone to crime. Be careful when you out there at night.

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Manila, Philippines
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This stop was part of our tour. It was a nice view. It appeared really nice for picture-taking purposes.

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Thank Moneymagnet889
Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

The rotunda of the City Hall is a must-see. I would recommend going to the Civic Center with a tour guide, as there are many pertinent and interesting details to learn, which will greatly enhance the experience.

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Thank tijuanade
San Francisco, California, United States
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Always enjoy visiting the City Civic Center even on business...there is usually numerous happy wedding occasions in process and the Rotunda Dome is magnificent with the beautiful sweeping staircase and during the holiday season a delightfully decorated Christmas Tree....tours of the building available.

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Thank Christine C
San Francisco, California
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is one of the gems of the city. There are weddings all day in the main hall. This landmark was restored during the Mayorship of Willie Brown in the 80's. Lovely building and daily tours (free).

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Thank Otaytak
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I've lived in the Civic Center area for 10 years now and this area seems to never change . The part of San Francisco has some great sites to see including City Hall, SF Ballet,/ Opera House, Davis Symphony Hall, and Herbst Theater, unfortunately there are other not so nice sites in this area too. Right behind City Hall there... More 

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Thank Miguel S
San Francisco, California
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This is a great place to explore and enjoy. I don't go there often but you should check it out if you are in the area.

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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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