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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” (71 reviews)
“learn how” (67 reviews)
“gift shop” (139 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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"inner workings"
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"learn how"
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"gift shop"
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"old cars"
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"free attraction"
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"worth a stop"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have any interest at all in vintage mechanical things and early 20th century transportation you will not want to visit San Francisco without visiting this must-see fully functioning cable car drive powerhouse building where you can see the huge sheaves and pulleys driving...More

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here as part of a tour. This museum is a 'working' museum that houses the cable car powerhouse that churns and turns the running cables that you can see below from above. It is a testament to the industrial revolution of the day....More

Thank Lydia N
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Having ridden the cable cars, we fancied seeing how they work and the museum, which is free, allows you to do just that. We watched the amazing system operating the cable cars as it moved those actually passing the windows. Impressive old technology which was...More

Thank JaneR123
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent place to visit. Got to view the actual workings of the SF cable cars, the mechanical workshop, and the giftshop. Delightful

Thank Nedra G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A very interesting and informative display of the San Francisco cable car, its history and function. You get to see the hidden, sub-surface elements that make the cable car run as well as how it has evolved over the decades. Worth the visit.

Thank PhillipP
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We walked to this museum and am pleased to say it was free entry. It contains the history of the team car and you can see the wheels for the different lines working with the large cables moving. You then go downstairs under street level...More

Thank julieb00th1
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Reviewed 6 days ago

about the cable cars, it’s free! It gives you an idea on how they work, the history of the invention and inventor, and the earthquake and fires of 1906, and the saving of the Cars in the 1980’s. Not a big museum, true, but educational.

Thank Jess_theoneandonly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not really a museum although there are a number of historical artifacts on view. The main attraction is the cable winding system for all four of SF's cable car lines.

Thank Dedgehog
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the museum after we took a ride on the cable car. A fascinating place to visit and it is free. You can read about the history of the cable cars including the effects of an earthquake. You can see the cables which run...More

Thank Davidholiday2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing view of the mechanics of the cable cars and what is going on under the street to pull them along.

Thank FrankG1955
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Garytseng888
7 April 2018|
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Response from okietravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Well worth it! It’s free and interesting!
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Garytseng888
7 April 2018|
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Response from yellowpixels | Reviewed this property |
One of the best bargains in SF at no cost ( donations optional). Depending upon the time of day the activity will vary so your time on site is your call. The museum itself is probably a 30 min or so visit. The cable machine... More
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