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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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+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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Awesome and FREE!

This is very interesting look at SF, Cable Car history and of course the 1906 earthquake! Wonderful exhibits, store and all the mechanical information behind cable cars!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is very interesting look at SF, Cable Car history and of course the 1906 earthquake! Wonderful exhibits, store and all the mechanical information behind cable cars!

Thank Theresa Terri M
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So interesting to see the history of the cable cars and also see how they actually work. And did I mention that it's free?

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This working museum provides both information on how the current cable cars operate and a great history of the cable cars in San Francisco. I had forgotten that there were a large number of lines over time. The balance between today and the impact of electric trolleys and the impact of buses makes this a great stop.

Thank Travln-Dawg
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nothing says San Francisco like the city's iconic cable cars. A trip to the Cable Car Museum will answer any question you've ever had about them. Spend an hour or two and learn the history of the lines and the cars, climb aboard some retired cars and see the actual inner workings of the cables that keep these historic cars... More 

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Smithfield, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was very interesting to me as an adult but not my kids. The museum is loud and smells strongly of oil/grease. It was interesting to see the cable lines running. No bathrooms. Has a gift shop.

Thank Hollie834
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting the city by the bay, do not forget to visit this wonderful working museum at the foot of Russian and Nob Hills. This unique museum not only holds amazing history of the cable cars themselves, but also is the location of the machinery that runs the city's three main cable car lines. Check out the pictures from the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me just say that anything that has to do with San Francisco's legendary Cable Car's is a must see. Lots of special history behind them and well worth the visit!!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had no idea what we were walking into because we just hopped off the cable car route at this stop because we were intrigued. My engineer husband was very fascinated by all the working and moving parts inside the museum, so I'm glad we popped in for awhile to learn more about how the cable car system came about... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have an hour or two to spare whilst visiting San Francisco this is a small but very informative museum about Cable Cars. You also get to see the inner working of the cable cars system from within the museum - lots of wheels and cables. The best thing is that its a Free museum so no excuses from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is FREE. Go in to this small museum and learn 20 cool facts about cable cars. Did you know they use breaks made of pine blocks that need replacing every 2 to 4 days. Cable cars get their name from the underground cable that pulls them along at 9mph. A large part of the building is actually a... More 

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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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