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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 3 days ago

After riding the Cable Cars it seemed a logical trip to see how it all works, this Museum is a little treat, in an original building there is a simple and fascinating method to how the cars run. But I was not expecting it to...More

Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The cable cars are such an integral part of the city that to have this free entry museum telling you more about them is really interesting. Don't expect to spend a morning here but in half an hour you can learn a lot about this...More

Thank Paul J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you’re at all mechanically inclined or like to see how things work, the Cable Car Museum is very interesting. You can see the actual “guts” of the San Francisco cable car network in action. Well done exhibits provide the history of the system as...More

Thank herb12345
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free admission. This is the working hub of the cable car system. You can see it operate up close. Some interesting displays contain a lot of history about cable car systems, SF and the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Thank rcb1948
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is perfect for all who like to know more about the history of the Cable Cars and are interested in the mechanical operations how it still works today. It is a small museum with informative historical exhibitions. I can highly recommend it. The museum...More

Thank EdithTa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to check it out because of the fact that it’s free (donations encouraged). It’s a small museum but filled with all the information you’d want to know about the cable car system - both its history and how it works! We really really...More

Thank cyrinay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time to visit this museum. It’s not only a museum which gives you the history of the cable cars through the years and a guide to how they work but it’s also the place where all the cables come together which are running...More

Thank mamacoupe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and friends were enchanted by soaking in the history and mechanics of the Cable Car museum. Riding a cable car is a must for visitors, but the museum if a good place to spend an hour or so and really learning to appreciate...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting from Australia and heard about the museum prior. Really informative displays of the history of the cable cars and great to be able to view the actual cables and workshop from an elevated position. Pleased that these cars were saved from replacement by buses....More

Thank PJM6568
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is free. It will take about 1 hour to go thru it. Fascinating history. Worthwhile and recommended.

Thank QQ1234
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