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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed 3 days ago

nice to visit this free museum BEFORE you take a ride on the cable cars, it helps you appreciate the ride. Allow at 45 mins to tour this museum.

Thank Sue F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I found the Cable Car Museum to be very educational. It provided great history as there was a great change in time from horse & buggy, automobiles and, in infamous cable cars of San Francisco. The museum displays many components of different cable cars, engines...More

Thank 810gazellej
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can't really believe that the cable cars work on this system but they do! Interesting for all and a must for engineering geeks

Thank ajajfe
Reviewed 5 days ago

Cool place to see - right on the cable car route - and you can see the actual working cables of the street cars!

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent museum and it's free. Our family stopped in after having ridden the cable cars for a couple of days. I am glad we did. The inner workings of the actual cable cars are on display both out in the open as well as some...More

Thank MaineGlobeTrotters
Reviewed 5 days ago

My fiance had visited here previously and wanted to take me there. I was thrilled that he did. This is a fascinating place that gives you everything you could want to know to know about cable cars and San Fran history during the cable car...More

Thank janiewa
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great little museum that gives you an appreciation for all that makes the cable cars unique! Definitely recommend stopping in when doing a tour of the San Francisco!

Thank Dana D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the Cable Car Museum. It has lots of displays and is still in use. I've attached some of my photos I took when I first visited in 2010 or so. My other photos I recently took are a bit better but they are...More

Thank GlennFrancoSimmons
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rather than make guesses about how the cable cars operate, why not go to the cable car museum and find out. Absolutely fascinating. You can see the cables for all four lines and find out what happens if one of the cables breaks. Nice gift...More

Thank WoodstockJack2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only spent about 15 mins here but it was neat seeing the history of the Cable Cars and watching how they work

Thank Keli F
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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