September 22, 2017

The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center on Van Ness Ave between Hayes and McAllister Streets is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States.

It is comprised of the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theatre, The Green Room, and Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall.

The "War Memorial" name commemorates all the people who served in the First World War.

During the Second World War it became an international landmark, when, these buildings served as the site of the formation of the United Nations. Conference sessions were held in the Opera House, and in the Herbst Theatre President Truman and other heads of state signed the United Nations Charter on June 26, 1945.

The San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Symphony are all permanent residents of the Arts Center. In addition, The performing arts center hosts modern and classical dance, theatre, recitals, plays, lectures, meetings, receptions, special screenings, and gala events.

Tours are scheduled every Monday, except holidays, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on the hour.

For further information, contact Performing Arts Center Tours at 415.552.8338.

You can also take a virtual tour on their website at