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San Francisco Railway Museum

77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
+1 415-974-1948
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it's small...Not a lot to see...Try the Cable Car Museum instead

I was riding the historic street cars and saw the signs for this place and spotted it on one trip... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
MichiganDad2
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Livonia, Michigan
Might be good for an enthusiast

A lot smaller than I expected. I love trains and trams and wasn’t that impressed. The two men were... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
gemmapj
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique streetcars and national landmark cable cars that regularly run along the city's main arteries, and how rail transportation shaped development of the city. The museum is located at the Steuart Street F-line stop, half a block south of Market St., catty-corner from the Ferry Building, and only steps away from the California St. Cable Car terminal. Admission to the museum is free.
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77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

I was riding the historic street cars and saw the signs for this place and spotted it on one trip so I decided to go in. It's pictures, a few artifacts and a gift shop. Not much to see The Cable Car Museum was much,...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

A lot smaller than I expected. I love trains and trams and wasn’t that impressed. The two men were very knowledgeable. Also have the map showing where each tram was at all times was good. Not a lot else to see

Thank gemmapj
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We visited this museum immediately after disembarking from a ferry arriving at the Ferry Terminal Building. It is effectively one room in all, filled with artifacts and historic collections relating to the history of San Francisco's railways. It does not take long to browse the...More

Thank TYPSUKR
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The museum operates historic streetcars in conjunction with the San Francisco Municipal Railway. You don't have to actually visit the museum to ride the cars, for the same fares as any other municipal public transportation; transfers available. Although the cable cars are more famous...and more...More

Thank Mel S
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The place is not even a size of a coffee shop, too small to call a museum. My 4 yr old went to the end and ask me where is the museum. I also don't understand why they still can afford an ad on the...More

Thank Carol0143
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

The trolleys in San Fran are amazing! No lines like the cable cars, different paint schemes recognizing different cities..it's fun just to see which one you get to ride hon! Take the F Line trolley to this tiny museum and gift shop. It's free and...More

Thank TheHuDonalds
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

If you are into trams, take the F streetcar (they have cars from a number of different cities and we rode on cars from Milan and San Diego) to this little, free museum. If it's quiet (it was when we were there), a very knowledgeable...More

Thank IanfaeAiberdeen
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

This free museum tells you the history of the railways ( trams for the Europeans reading this) in San Francisco, it is located just opposite the ferry building and very easy to find The staff were very friendly and although it won't take you long...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This is a combination store and museum. They have interesting exhibits and very unique items for sale. Fabulous photos showing the history of public transportation in San Francisco. It is a great little spot. It's free. They ask for your donations. You can find some...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Very interesting little museum although it was more of a gift shop. The attendant was able to answer numerous questions and it was well worth the short visit. We purchased a book that listed all of the historical San Francisco Streetcars. We found it fascinating...More

Thank Allan S
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