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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” (129 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

The museum can be easily accessed from the PH or PM cable car lines. The museum itself is free, and you don't need much more than an hour to see everything. Here you can see the cable system that powers the cable cars throughout the...More

Thank Graham306
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice break on the legs after shopping. Esp up those hills. Drivers are really friendly and playful and they will advise you of good photo points.

Thank Carls W
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you've ever wondered what makes them go, this is the place to find out. And you can watch the actual mechanism that drives the cables. Worth a visit.

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
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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