We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour
More Info
and up
5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour
More Info
and up
Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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%
Travellers talk about
“inner workings” (69 reviews)
“learn how” (68 reviews)
“gift shop” (130 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
Write a ReviewReviews (3,167)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,481 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Cable Car Museum as part of Premium City tour and I'll openly admit before we went in I thought it would be a quick look around and leave; how wrong could I be. It was really interesting to see the see how...More

Thank Kevan W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved this museum. Everything from the technical details of how they run, their development & destruction. Fantastic watching the cogs turn to move trolleys outside blocks away

Thank LouiseNE
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can highly recommend this small museum. Two cable car lines (Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde) go right past the museum so it is worth getting off and visiting. The museum is in the same historic building as the power house that drives the cables and the...More

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum with our son and it was really good to see and understand how the cable cars work and some of the history of the cable cars. We really liked seeing the cables and motors constantly running to pull the cable cars....More

Thank Jimvcr
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see if you're interested in the mechanical operation of the city's cable car system. It's very informative and you can view the actual cables and power house that runs everything, as well as various displays of old cable cars and the history...More

Thank TWriter55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had only a few hours left in town and decided to stop at this place. We are so glad we did. It is much more than a museum. It is the actually behind the scenes operation on the current cable cars. You can watch...More

Thank Lillian D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most touristy things cost money, however this museum is completely free and very interesting. Beware, young children might find it boring as there are many signs to read and not many interactive things to play with. This building is where the actual cable cars are...More

Thank Stefania M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cables that drive the cars run from here, so there is an incessant "din" which adds to the authenticity. A great way to spend an hour immersing yourself in the history of an original public transportation system.

Thank Copey53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If yu want a history of the Cable Cars in SF and see how they truly operate then this plae will answer all your questions. Amazing Historic place!

Thank R0bertR885
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's free, it's dry when it's raining, it's near decent, cheap food in Chinatown, and it is fascinating. I'm not much for riding the cable cars, I'd rather be on my bike, but the grandkids like it. And the machinery is so ancient, it's a...More

Thank Donald D
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 230 hotels in San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco
3,572 reviews
.27 km away
University Club San Francisco
64 reviews
.34 km away
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
2,590 reviews
.34 km away
The Scarlet Huntington
1,454 reviews
.36 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Nob Hill Cafe
904 reviews
.20 km away
Venticello Ristorante
281 reviews
.16 km away
Tonga Room
917 reviews
.29 km away
Good Mong Kok Bakery
156 reviews
.30 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cable Cars
18,916 reviews
.11 km away
Cardinal Transportation
5 reviews
.06 km away
Grace Cathedral
1,052 reviews
.36 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Cable Car Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines