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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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“inner workings” (69 reviews)
“learn how” (67 reviews)
“gift shop” (125 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a stop at the Cable Car Museum to understand how the cars work and their history. Besides - it is free!

Thank travellingscubadiver
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A free museum with lost of nice little trinket and history about the cable Cars. You even get to see the working mechanics of the cable Cars and learn all about how they run and how they affect the city. Nice gift shop too.

Thank Ben I
Reviewed 4 days ago

You must certainly visit this attraction while visiting SF. We visited here eight years ago with our newborn and wanted to return for her to see. Nothing had changed including old washed out videos from the 1980's. It's very cool to see the cable car...More

Thank Kroneo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a ride on this cable cart which is more than 100 years old & still well preserved & maintained. Its made up of wood & has nice sitting arrangements. Its being run on engine like a tram.

Thank sudeshrele
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is free and such a historic and interesting place -- you really do not want to miss it!! I was astounded at the cleverness of how the cable cars worked.

Thank Ruth M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a cool museum to visit. We went and find out more about how the cable car works and shows different sets of wheels and cables for the different lines serving the city!

Thank Jyoty P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought I knew about the San Francisco Cable Cars until I went to this Museum! So much more to the history, the mechanics of how they work, and how close they came to being closed down. Well worth a visit and I would think suitable...More

Thank KPNotts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our walk to Lombard Street and were surprised to find the museum was free entry. We’re so glad we decided to go inside because it gives you a great insight into the history of the wonderful cable cars and you can...More

Thank LilP26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was wonderful! A must see if you want to understand how the whole cable car system works throughout the city. Lots of nostalgia to read about, We spent more time in there than we thought we would!

Thank bobcaygeon70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After riding the cable cars, check out this free museum. And it is also where the cable cars are serviced, stored at night, and cable maintained. This is their working "garage" full of interesting facts for the whole family and a nice break from walking...More

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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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