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Xanadu Gallery (V. C. Morris Gift Shop)

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Address: 140 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: +1 415-392-9999
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Closed but just you wait!

This building is so beautiful, and the inside is even more spectacular. There's an amazing sundome and staircase, but the place is closed right now. There may be something... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
William M
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This building is so beautiful, and the inside is even more spectacular. There's an amazing sundome and staircase, but the place is closed right now. There may be something happening in the future, but for now, walk by and enjoy!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately it looks as though Xanadu is no longer in this building. When I visited today the place was closed up with a big 'to lease' notice across the window. Peering through the window the place looked empty. What a shame! I hope I'm wrong, or at least that the building opens to the public again soon. The architecture inside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

A beautiful gallery with drool-worthy jewelry and objects d'art from Asia and Africa. The building that houses this stunning collection was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

Although this isn't strictly an attraction - it is an art gallery just off Union Square which has many beautiful pieces for sale - it is the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in San Francisco. The prototype for the Guggenheim in NYC, it is incredibly beautiful inside, and you are welcome to go in and look around, even if you... More 

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

for over 20 years have known marsha vargus . she know so much about Asian art and goes to Asian week nyc every year past years has had art works in galley there. we know no matter what day we can go we will find art we would love to have for our home the gallery has lots of south... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

This store is tucked on a little street just off Union Square that has a European feel (dining tables set in the middle of the street just up from the gallery). While the merchandise is mostly very pricey antiquities, and the staff is very friendly and willing to take them out and show you the items, the main reason to... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015

I entered the Xanadau Gallery on Maiden Lane and was impressed by the superb art collection. I also noticed that they had similar Japanese art prints to some that I had at home. The staff there is very good and willing to answer all the questions I had and gave very good answers. Its impressive place to go for this... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

Just off Union Square we found the Xanadu. It has had several names over the years but is special in that it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is free entry and when inside it had the spiral walkway just like Wright's other design - the Guggenheim in New York. The displays were mainly Chinese dynasties showing carvings and... More 

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Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014

This is Frank Lloyd Wright's only building in San Francisco, and it's an unknown treasure! Originally designed as the V.C Morris Gift Shop, The building now houses the Xanadu Gallery. They have lovingly restored the building and are proud as punch to let you roam around it at your leisure.. The building was designed in 1948, and incorporated the now... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

We stopped in because we are architecture buffs. The staff was very friendly. The details are very interesting, and the merchandise accents the feel of the building. The gift ware is good quality, with some items being socially responsible. Stop in, they don't mind if you are just there to see the neat building, which feels round but is actually... More 

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