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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed yesterday

A very good little museum, showing the history of the citys most famous and popular attraction the Cable Car. As its relatively small this doesn't take a huge amount of time out of your day so stop by and enjoy

Thank pmiller1970
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you ride the cable car stop about halfway up at the museum which also houses the motors and huge wheels that drive the cables which run under the streets pulling the cars along. Ask the conductor where to get off - well worth spending...More

Thank JohnHarris007
Reviewed 4 days ago

As we were walking by the Cable Car Museum we thought we may as well enter. The visit was worthwhile but needed only to be 10 to 15 minutes.

Thank 1victor
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting museum to visit.Loved learning all about the Cable Car system and how it works! Self tour with lots of information.

Thank Jodi F
Reviewed 6 days ago

we has a ride on the car like it part of what you do it still has all the old fation ways and it history is grate i had chat with few of the people fond good place to go it small just 30 min...More

Thank km099E
Reviewed 6 days ago

Basically, you gotta ride the cable car- but take it only one way. Get your pictures BEFORE you the car gets going! Otherwise hands in and at your sides. the wait isn't as bad as it looks. The attendants work hard.

Thank Deb G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is near Chinatown, so it is worth a quick visit here. Cable Cars are a quintessential landmark in San Francisco. In here you can see the actual workings of the lines that run the 3 cable cars. There is obviously information on the history...More

Thank Cheryl T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea of the rich history of cable cars in San Francisco. I love the city saved them from instruction. I recommend leaving a donation for this free museum.

Thank Spunkykiki
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up going to the Cable Car Museum to obtain a pass for the day for rides all over San Francisco, and there we learned all about the differences between the Cable Cars and the Trolley, and their development and use in San Francisco....More

Thank wags2wishes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was really good to see how Cable Cars work. It was very well done. We had taken rides on the cable cars during our visit and enjoyed them very much.

Thank Maria M
Nob Hill
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
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