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San Francisco Railway Museum

77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
+1 415-974-1948
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Small but very informative

This free museum tells you the history of the railways ( trams for the Europeans reading this) in... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Andrew R
Nantwich, United Kingdom
via mobile
Lots of history inside a small space

This is a combination store and museum. They have interesting exhibits and very unique items for... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Michael S
New York City, New York
via mobile
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The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique streetcars and national landmark cable cars that regularly run along the city's main arteries, and how rail transportation shaped development of the city. The museum is located at the Steuart Street F-line stop, half a block south of Market St., catty-corner from the Ferry Building, and only steps away from the California St. Cable Car terminal. Admission to the museum is free.
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  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
+1 415-974-1948
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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

This free museum tells you the history of the railways ( trams for the Europeans reading this) in San Francisco, it is located just opposite the ferry building and very easy to find The staff were very friendly and although it won't take you long...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This is a combination store and museum. They have interesting exhibits and very unique items for sale. Fabulous photos showing the history of public transportation in San Francisco. It is a great little spot. It's free. They ask for your donations. You can find some...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Very interesting little museum although it was more of a gift shop. The attendant was able to answer numerous questions and it was well worth the short visit. We purchased a book that listed all of the historical San Francisco Streetcars. We found it fascinating...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This gem features the HOW of the magical little cable cars. You feel as if you are inside Mr. Roger's Neighborhood's railway system seeing how it all works. GREAT history, easy to get to, fun, nice and noisy and a touch dangerous to see all...More

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
Reviewed 25 March 2017

The museum covers the history of public transportation in San Francisco with special emphasis on trolley's. The exhibits are very informative. Although it is supposed to be open continuously, there was a 'back at 2;30 sign posted when we arrived after lunch. Waited around and...More

Thank cgny1fwd
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This unassuming museum turns out to be a great place to take a young kid. Their stationary streetcar lends itself to play acting as a streetcar driver -- my daughter loved the controls, especially the footbell -- don't miss it! There's coloring too. And for...More

Thank Elon D
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I popped in after jumping off the F line. First of all it is free which was a bonus although a donation is recommended. Although small there is a lot of information and I found it very interesting. The lady in the museum was really...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 October 2016

What a special treat! It is so nice to see something besides tourist schlock around the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero. The past rolls out to greet you and holds you in its tyhrall. The you can step out the door and board a moving...More

Thank Maevilyn
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Being a native born San Franciscan, I was curious to visit when I learned about the museum. On a recent visit to the city, we found the small museum a short walk from the Ferry Building. There was no entry charge and the museum is...More

Thank chaslin19
Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you love street cars, this is the place to read/see all about them. Get the skinny on the restoration of 26 vintage street cars running on Market Street and also on California St. I road the F-Line repeatedly during my visit and loved each...More

Thank beetcanner
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