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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)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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Reviewed yesterday

Great place to see what it takes to actually run a cable car in a city. It's free and won't take a huge amount of time. However, your time will be well spent.

Thank SF94114
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After riding on a few of the cable cars(get an outside seat or hang on to the outside!!) How do they get the energy to move? What happens when 2 lines cross each other? Do the cables wear out? Visit the museum to actually SEE...More

Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Cable Car Museum was one of the best free things to see in San Francisco. The history was interesting and the time and effort to it takes to keep the cable cars running is priceless.

Thank Tina G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The title says it all. Especially if you ride the cable cars, this museum is well worth your time. We were pleasantly surprised that this museum is also the central location for the machinery that operates the cars. There’s lots of history but this is...More

Thank Itinerant_Foodies
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Popped in here with my wife to learn more about the cable cars. The museum is free to enter, houses a lot of machinery, but is not particularly large, and everything can be covered in the space of about an hour. However, I did find...More

Thank thetravellingmanUk
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Good with kids so they can understand how the cable system works. It's amazing it's still in use. But it didnot try to ride the tram, too many people.

Thank web50000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was cool to pop in for 30 minutes and see some old cable cars and see what makes the current cable cars run. It is free to get in and it is a quick walk through but worth a stop if you are in...More

Thank ampress727
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the free tour. Very interesting to see the actual cables and sheaves working as this is the main facility that controls are the cable car operations.

Thank suestjules
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very easy to get here, with the cablecar stops right in front of the museum. Here you can see the operation system, the winding wheels of the cable cars, very interesting. And free of charge.

Thank Alexander102013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Surprisingly fascinating museum! I found it to be both unique and historical place. This is also the site where the cable cars are still operated. Everything you want to know about this San Francisco's iconic attraction is here, under one roof. This is also the...More

Thank Acidov
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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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