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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.
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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+1 415-474-1887
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"inner workings"
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"learn how"
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"gift shop"
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"free attraction"
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"worth a stop"
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"free entry"
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"on display"
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"interesting place"
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"great history"
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"fisherman's wharf"
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"cars"
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Reviewed today

Makes you understand and appreciate the history and the engineering of these cars. Amazing invention.

Thank ZoeyK5505
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Reviewed yesterday

See exactly how the cable cars work and have worked for the years. Go down to the lower level and see the wheels and cable and then go back into the road and see what is visible to the public! Realy interesting and its free!

Thank ChurtSunseeker
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Reviewed yesterday

It is worth taking some time to stop at the museum and see the workings that go on under your feet, to keep the trams functioning.

Thank Glen S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Free to visit and is worth a look. Houses lots of machinery, very informative and interesting. Good place to go on a rainy day.

1  Thank denisecrawford11
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I took my young nephews here and they were both fascinated with the technology and how it all worked. This was a number of years ago but it is still a great place and you can travel there on the cable car.

Thank Diane L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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

1  Thank thetravellingmanUk
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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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