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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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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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A view behind the screens

When you have had your first ride with the cable car you're perhaps wondering how the cars are moving through the streets of San Francisco . Go to this free museum and you will... read more

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When you have had your first ride with the cable car you're perhaps wondering how the cars are moving through the streets of San Francisco . Go to this free museum and you will understand how this works and you will also have a good idea about the history and the development of the cable car! It's a short stop... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to know how it works and how it was made, you must go. IT is really incredible to discover what is behind the Cable car system!

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We happened upon the Cable Car Museum by accident and were so happy. A must-see for everyone visiting San Francisco. It is a one-of-a-kind example of history and functionality that lies at the heart of the SF experience. The cables for all of the cable cars originate and are powered by the big GE electric motors that you can view... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I encourage everyone to make a quick stop to view the workings of the cable ca system. I heard many riders wonder about how it all works and recommend this stop.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This world famous crooked street, winging down a hilly street with beautiful flower gardens alongside is a "Must-shoot" photo-op scenery. Be sure to set your camera ready, and take a picture of your family at the bottom of the street for some wonderful memories of your visit to SF.

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Yarmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This free museum provides a history of cable cars in San Francisco, explanations of how the cars are pulled by the cable and how the cable is driven. You can see the four cable lines' drive sheaves, as well as the tensioning mechanism in action, and there is a gift shop with lots of San Francisco souvenirs. Highly recommended to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Be sure to hop off the cable car and take a free self-guided tour of the power house and garage. There's a documentary video and several old cars on display. Plus you can see the massive working cable pulleys from below and above.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great place to brign young prople to better understand some basic engineering principles. No Charge and also a great palce for adults to learn about the operation of the Cable cars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly amazing. The cable car system is an engineering marvel. To be able to go see the inner workings itself is great. Great displays and a cool gift shop with lots of neat stuff to buy. And if you're an antique buff you can buy some used and new signs that were used on the city streets in the 1940's.... More 

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North Easton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's fun to ride the cable cars, and then later visit the museum to learn about the interesting history and technology used to operate them. They also have a collection of historic cable cars.

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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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