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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 $40 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 (83 reviews)
Inner city living!

"its a rough area!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Page Hotel
Inn at Market
Inn at Market
3.5 out of 5
1412 Market St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $110 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
Oak Hotel
Oak Hotel
2 out of 5
171 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $48 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
Edwardian Hotel
Edwardian Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1668 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $65 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 (138 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
The price is $114 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! (3,288 reviews)

"This hotel is a gem and is located on most beautiful waterfront property"…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $49 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 Art. ...

3.2/5 (1,205 reviews)

"Everything was great during my stay. Great service"…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Park Pointe Hotel

Popular places to visit in Civic Center

San Francisco City Hall
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San Francisco City Hall

4.5/5(410 reviews)

After visiting San Francisco City Hall, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in San Francisco. Discover the fascinating museums and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
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Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

4.5/5(107 reviews)

Study the exhibits at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, a favorite museum in San Francisco. Experience the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Civic Center Plaza
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Civic Center Plaza

4/5(5 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of San Francisco when you make a stop at a well-known site like Civic Center Plaza. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

San Francisco Public Library
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San Francisco Public Library

After visiting San Francisco Public Library, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in San Francisco. Discover the fascinating museums and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Louise Davies Symphony Hall
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Louise Davies Symphony Hall

4/5(6 reviews)

You can get tickets for a performance at Louise Davies Symphony Hall during your stay in San Francisco. Take in the acclaimed theater scene and beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(7,242 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Civic Center

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
$620
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
$1,410
Per adult
San Francisco City Tour & Aquarium of the Bay
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San Francisco City Tour & Aquarium of the Bay

$81
Per adult
MAGNIFICENT WEST – 7 days tour
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MAGNIFICENT WEST – 7 days tour

$1,700
Per adult
Wild West 4 days trip from San Francisco
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Wild West 4 days trip from San Francisco

$910
Per adult
Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch
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Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch

92% of travellers recommend
$130
Per adult

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Tenderloin showing heritage architecture

Tenderloin

Tenderloin is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Golden Gate Theatre, and you can get around town on the metro at Market St & Taylor St Stop.

Tenderloin
Japantown

Japantown

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Union Square which includes a high rise building and a city

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4/5Very Good!(5,164 area reviews)

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Union Square
Nob Hill showing a city and street scenes

Nob Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,100 area reviews)

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Nob Hill
Downtown San Francisco featuring street scenes and a city

Downtown San Francisco

3/5(1,084 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Downtown San Francisco. Top attractions like San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Oracle Park are major draws. Catch the metro at Market St & Stockton St Stop or Market St & 4th St Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown San Francisco
South of Market featuring skyline, a city and city views

South of Market

3.5/5Good!(3,654 area reviews)

Oracle Park and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are top sights in South of Market, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at 4th St & King St Stop (Muni) or 2nd & King Station to see more sights in the area.

South of Market