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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: +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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Cable Car Museum

Must see! History of the cable cars of San Fran. Museum also contains great photos of the 1900 earthquake and fire. Nice gift shop.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Must see! History of the cable cars of San Fran. Museum also contains great photos of the 1900 earthquake and fire. Nice gift shop.

Thank Darrel G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Did not know this existed we got lucky that we found it. It has some great information, the first cable cars and how they still run the today. We also saw pictures of the earthquake San Francisco suffer with any old film machine. You must visit, its free!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been wanting to go to the Cable Car Museum for awhile and when I finally was back in the city it was at the top of my list. I found it very fun to go and see that the location is actually where the cable for the cable cars is. I got to see and read about how they... More 

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The museum is in the building that also houses the working cable car power plant. So visitors can see how the cable car works, as the actual cables are visible as they emerge from under the street. The museum is fairly small and can be visited in an hour or so max. Definitely worth the trip for anyone who is... More 

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For those who aren't aware, the Cable Car Museum is actually the "inner workings" of the cable car system. The huge spools of cable are right there in the open. In addition, there are interesting historical displays and even a pretty decent souvenir shop!

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bedford, va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to visit and see the workings of the cable car powerhouse. Admission is free. Children will be fascinated by how cables come in, are "repowered" and go out under the streets to pull cable cars along four city routes. It has to be seen to be believed. And within walking distance of another family favorite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I prefer the Powell to Hyde cable car. You catch it on Powell, off Market, between 4th and 5th, try to stay on the right side for the best views. However it is very popular. I prefer to ride it early in the morning or very late at night as I don't like the crowds. You can hope on and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty amazing engineering to see how this whole thing works. You can see the actual machinery and cables that make the whole system operate. Lots of other information about the history of the system as well as exhibits on how the cars themselves work with the cable system. It's free and definitely worth the trip.

Thank J L
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not only a museum, but the powerhouse of the cable car system! Watching & hearing the cables run was such a neat experience. There's so much history to learn about the cable cars, as well as San Francisco in general. Displays are set up attractively & have tons of information to read. There's a nice gift shop as... More 

Thank Kim W
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

IF you wonder how the Cable Cars chug up the hills and turn around on the turn tables then this is the place to visit. Not only are there old cable cars but a well designed explaination of how they work. Usually not crowded it is worth the stop.

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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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