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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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+1 415-474-1887
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway...

A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.

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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour
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Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch

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If you love a good museum you will really enjoy this place.. great San Francisco history, and what a free treat.. walk on in and enjoy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you love a good museum you will really enjoy this place.. great San Francisco history, and what a free treat.. walk on in and enjoy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Cable Car Museum is a very interesting museum that chronicles the history of cable cars in San Francisco, but it is also the working powerhouse that powers the current cable car system. In addition to the historic displays, you will see the actual motors, wheels and cables that are driving the cable cars throughout the city. Best of all,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Free Museum showing the actual workings of the cable system! Interesting for all ages. Must climb some stairs. Some noise

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A collection of old cable cars, lots to look at telling the history of this early transport system. Seeing the way the cablecars are operated is really interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating place to visit easy to get to and all the family will enjoy the "How It Works" Old tram cars there as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It’s not a big museum, but it is definitely worth an hour or two of your time. If the only thing you see is the system that moves the cables, you will come away impressed. There is more to see, but it is amazing to realize there are four cables dragging the cars around town. Oh, and it’s free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum not only provides a history of the cable car system but also showcases the massive cables and wheels that are in actual operation as part of the Powell Mason line. It's fascinating to learn about how the the cable car system works and other cool trivia. A great way to spend 1-2 hours, and it's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the Cable Car Museum. It is not only a look into SFO's cable car history but it is where the cables actually come in and you can see them in motion. How cool!! It is a welcome stop out of the sun and is a free museum! What more can you want? Must see place in my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is museum is a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the cable cars and cable car system. If you are at all curious about how the cable cars work, then this museum is a must-see. Interesting information about the system's history, and lots of cool cable car system trivia. Plus it is free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cable Car Museum of San Francisco provides an awesome insight to one of San Francisco's amazing innovations: The Cable Car! The best part about this museum is that it is totally free! San Francisco is know for its cable cars and this will give you the inside guide on how they run and their history. The massive cables are... More 

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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 followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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