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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
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Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch
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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” (68 reviews)
“gift shop” (130 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed yesterday

I can highly recommend this small museum. Two cable car lines (Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde) go right past the museum so it is worth getting off and visiting. The museum is in the same historic building as the power house that drives the cables and the...More

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this museum with our son and it was really good to see and understand how the cable cars work and some of the history of the cable cars. We really liked seeing the cables and motors constantly running to pull the cable cars....More

Thank Jimvcr
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a must-see if you're interested in the mechanical operation of the city's cable car system. It's very informative and you can view the actual cables and power house that runs everything, as well as various displays of old cable cars and the history...More

Thank TWriter55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had only a few hours left in town and decided to stop at this place. We are so glad we did. It is much more than a museum. It is the actually behind the scenes operation on the current cable cars. You can watch...More

Thank Lillian D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most touristy things cost money, however this museum is completely free and very interesting. Beware, young children might find it boring as there are many signs to read and not many interactive things to play with. This building is where the actual cable cars are...More

Thank Stefania M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cables that drive the cars run from here, so there is an incessant "din" which adds to the authenticity. A great way to spend an hour immersing yourself in the history of an original public transportation system.

Thank Copey53
Reviewed 1 week ago

If yu want a history of the Cable Cars in SF and see how they truly operate then this plae will answer all your questions. Amazing Historic place!

Thank R0bertR885
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's free, it's dry when it's raining, it's near decent, cheap food in Chinatown, and it is fascinating. I'm not much for riding the cable cars, I'd rather be on my bike, but the grandkids like it. And the machinery is so ancient, it's a...More

Thank Donald D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who wants to go to a museum when your in SF. You do! If you've ever ridden the cable cars, you have to go this museum to learn how they work, and to see this hub in action. It's pretty great, and the smell of...More

Thank johngf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a quick walk through, unlike a typical museum, it’s actually a part of the cable car system that they’ve opened up to the public. You can see mechanics working on repairs, and the internal workings of the pulley system and gears. One of...More

Thank okietravelgirl
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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