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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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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and kids, ages 8 and 11, recently visited and were lucky enough to stumble upon this museum. We had not heard of it and can't believe we hadn't. It is a small, free museum that gives the history of cable cars and shows...More

Thank chiroag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in March 2015, but can't go back further than 2016 on Tripadvisor. Very interesting to learn about the mechanics and the history of the cable car system in San Francisco. A wonderful little addition to the San Francisco cable car experience and all for...More

Thank Debra L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here at the end of our cable car ride and learned so much about the invention and history of the legendary cable cars. The best: watch the cables actually working with easy-to-understand explanations. An enriching experience. My husband was engrossed with the mechanics...More

Thank deekerlew1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ever wonder how exactly the cable cars work? Here you will see it in real time. Yes its a small museum about the history of cable cars, but its also the main hub of the cable cars today. You can see the enormous motors spinning...More

Thank BGarbus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super, super interesting. This is the hub of the cable system and after riding the cars a few times it was so much fun to see the inner workings and heart of this wonderful system. Can't say enough good things about this place and it...More

Thank eve1950
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very comprehensive and free museum to learn and appreciate how the cable cars work, why and when they were kept, and why cable cars are so important to San Francisco lore and attraction.

Thank Codfish1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It takes about ten minutes and it is free -- kind of cool to see the inner workings of the cable lines -- you learn a little -- some nice clever souvenirs too

Thank HonestMcHonest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It would be a waste to not visit this free museum, particularly if you had the chance to ride a cable car. In fact, if you rode a cable car route end-to-end, it meant you went right by here. There are several historic displays of...More

Thank TYPSUKR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of informative, easy to understand boards. Fascinating story behind the cable cars and great to see the workings. Recommended.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is super cool and you get to see the cables of the cable cars in motion plus view a variety of incarnations of the famous San Francisco Cable Car.

Thank pilotandme
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