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Marin County Civic Center

3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903-4112
+1 415-499-7009
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A must stop for any Frank Lloyd Wright architecture fan

One of the last projects FLW worked on, which was "completed" after his death. Beyond just... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eugene E
Novato, California
FLWright’s stunning building

This building is amazing! It was fun just to walk up and down the halls on all 3 main floors... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeanne R
Portland, Oregon
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3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903-4112
+1 415-499-7009
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the last projects FLW worked on, which was "completed" after his death. Beyond just architecture that reflects and integrates with its natural surroundings, the Marin County Civic Center is FLW's complete vision of a community hub complex. It's well worth a stop to...More

Thank Eugene E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This building is amazing! It was fun just to walk up and down the halls on all 3 main floors. Don’t miss the library - small but interesting pure FLW design. We missed seeing a courtroom, but have heard they are fun to see too....More

Thank Jeanne R
Reviewed 15 November 2017

The Marin County Civic Center is worth a visit if you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. It no longer has a shop, I would like to have bought a book about the building, even a brochure would have been welcome. It is like...More

Thank Huntbox
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I wish we had visited on a day that there are tours, but seeing such a massive Frank building, is special even just walking around the property. If you appreciate Frank's work, take the time & visit the civic center.

Thank UMDKatie03
Reviewed 13 September 2017

No need to book just show up - we did it last minute and it was fascinating. You get shown all the design features of the building, its a cross between the Guggenheim and Star Wars. The guide was very knowledgable and the tour is...More

1  Thank angmohs
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The Civic Center (as others have said) is a Frank Lloyd Wright gem. It's a wonderful place to just walk around the lake - there is also a bocce ball court and (next to the bocce ball court) a GREAT dog park (where I take...More

1  Thank YourCardShark
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A wonderful place to visit but not to stay. County seat contains most county offices, courts and jail. A self guided tour or docent led tour is available. A great place to visit before or after taking a day round trip ride on the new...More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Such a treat to walk around inside this architectural gem! Views from upper floor decks too! Incredible County Library is housed here.

Thank Joan88
Reviewed 10 July 2017

From the Farmer's Market, to the 4th of July, to Antiques fairs, Jewelry and Gem fairs, Entertainment Venues, there is always something good to do there. Or just enjoy the lake and all the Canadian Geese and ducks.

Thank Nina L
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

For the great frank Lloyd Wright only it is a remarkable work of art. Usually we go for court for jury duty or the library

Thank zuni P
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Lydia F
4 October 2015|
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Response from Judith Y | Reviewed this property |
The Marin Civic Center is open to the public Monday thru' Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
10 August 2015|
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Response from motohigh | Reviewed this property |
I think the interior is closed outside of business hours. If you go self-guided, visit the cafeteria on the 2nd floor and have a snack or drink while sitting on the outside terrace (near the rear of the dining room). Very... More