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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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+1 415-474-1887
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway...

A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.

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Hidden Gem!

We visited the museum on the suggestion of our private tour guide. Although I do not know much about cable cars, this was excellent. I loved seeing the cables in action and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Stephanie H
Oakdale, Minnesota
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Oakdale, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the museum on the suggestion of our private tour guide. Although I do not know much about cable cars, this was excellent. I loved seeing the cables in action and learning more about how they work throughout the city. I'd recommend this. It does not need to take hours and hours. You can be impressed in less than... More 

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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thisi s an excellent, small and fre museum that explains the history and inner workings of the cable car, to include a balcony view, no less, of the inner workings that keep the cable cars running and turning. I was fortunate to have a civil engineer friend for a guide, but even without his expertise, it is an extremely well... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went there as part of a shuttle tour group so we only had 15 minutes to explore. As it turned out, this was enough time to learn about how cable cars work and the history of this venerable San Francisco treasure. Worth visiting if you haven't seen it or if you wondered how this incredible system works.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is free and fascinating. Give you a better appreciation of cable cars. Well worth seeing

Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

somewhat unexpectedly the museum actually house the cables for the trams that are running on the streets of San Fran. fascinating history of the system is included in the museum. lovely little café across the road for a breakfast snack and the cable cars stop right by the museum so easy access

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seeing the behind the scene part of the operation of this unique form of transport is an interesting bit of both transportation and San Franciscan history. It is a stop that provides both fun and education for all ages. It is small enough that it won't tax the attention span of the kids. If you can take a ride first... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small museum that smacks of old San Francisco. You can get off of the cable car to visit and then back on to continue your ride. Kids seem to like the museum. Mine certainly did when they were young.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This cable car museum is worth a visit. Very interesting seeing the different types of cable cars and how they are functioning. History of how they come about and how they operate. It is free to enter too

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Dyer, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you want to know about Cable cars, this is the place for you. The museum is free, but if you want to ride one of the Cable Cars, that will cost you. Catching a Cable car that has room, is something else.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the city and have an interest in cable cars or are riding the cables cars and want to see them operating, it's worth stopping at this little museum. It's fun, free and informative!

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Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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