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Neat from the Outside

Walked by from the outside and it looks neat. Very limited hours when they are open so please check... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Attractive and unique design

This is a really beautiful house from the outside. Situated on Gough Street between Union and Green... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2015
Brisbane, Australia
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This small museum mainly features Early American artifacts, from furniture to pewter, though the exterior of this odd, eight-sided building is itself worth a look.
2645 Gough St, At Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-4402
Marina District
+1 415-441-7512
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was fascinating to discover more of the events in the life of this remarkable house. Built as an eight-sided construct in 1861 by William McElroy, but strikingly across the street from its present position. Rescued in 1951 by the inestimable Californian branch of The...More

Thank permia
Reviewed 24 August 2018

McElroy Octagon House A Museum of Decorative Arts from the American Colonial and Federal Periods After several attempts to arrange my trips to the San Francisco area to coincide with the limited schedule of the McElroy Octagon House, I finally was able to visit this...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2018

we took the bus that take you everywhere .. we where able to see this house (bus ride) , the all architecture in SF is amazing

Thank Kareneverest2015
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This place has VERY limited hours. It has a collection of some colonial pieces and a bit of history of colonists on the west coast. It's not very large and will take about 30 minutes(depending on your interest) to look through the place. There were...More

Thank amy c
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Nice peculiar architecture and colors from the outside. It has been marked as a San Francisco landmark. But it was closed and opening hours and days are not many. So this visit should be planned.

1  Thank Tanmouss
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We were on are last day of are family vacation and saw the octagon house through trip advisor. Did not know what to expect, this was really interesting just to check out. There isn't much to do but see the how this house is shaped...More

Thank Ruben O
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Walked by from the outside and it looks neat. Very limited hours when they are open so please check their website if you want to see inside.

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Reviewed 17 October 2015

This is a really beautiful house from the outside. Situated on Gough Street between Union and Green Streets, near a lovely little park. The only problem is that it has (as an understatement) very limited opening hours. From memory I think it is the second...More

1  Thank Belgo96
Reviewed 15 June 2015

friends and I stopped, only to find the place closed. has an interesting look from the outside. check beforehand to see if opened.

Thank jlantern3
Reviewed 22 July 2014

There is nothing quite so invigorating as a challenge, and a house museum that is open very limited hours is just that to those who visit historic houses. The small octagonal building has been significantly altered inside to suit the purposes of the Colonial Dames....More

1  Thank greg t
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Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful
backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to
the Marina. Originally the location for the
Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose
remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much
of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a
world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a
jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city.
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