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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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+1 415-474-1887
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10:00 - 18:00
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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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Feel the Cable Cars and the hum of the city

This is one of my favorite places. The place is way to walk around and the history of the cars and pictures is great. You also get to hear and see the way the cars run on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Erik W
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Huntington Beach, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places. The place is way to walk around and the history of the cars and pictures is great. You also get to hear and see the way the cars run on the cables. I go here every time I am here in the city. Gift shop is also cool with one of a kid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A-MUST-SEE visit to enjoy ! How come the cable cars in San Fran are so safe ??? Fear not, everything is explained during this very educational and self-conducted tour of the tiny museum. The BIG PLUS: it's FREE !!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we were riding the cable cars around, on and off, no where in petular to go. We saw this museum so we went in. Free is a good start. We spent about 30 minutes looking around. Very interesting, stop in and check it out.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't hear a thing! The movie was effectively useless. There isn't much to see here, and we felt conned by its inclusion on our GO Pass when the entry fee is FREE !!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent about half an hour here. Entry is free. The museum is small but I found it very interesting and informative. Would recommend if you are passing by.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small museum is worth a stop when you visit Sentosa by cable car. An interesting collection of old cable cars and some information on the history of the cable car in Singapore. Wasn't very busy when we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have always heard about the cable cars of San Francisco, but knew little about how they work. This small museum (20 -30 minutes) is informative and you can see the mechanical workings of the actual cables coming into the building. A bunch of historical information also available. It is also free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I haven't had a clue about how the cable cars work. This museum is absolutely free and can keep you busy for 30+ minutes. I spent around an hour in there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in for a quick look and stayed well over an hour. It was very interesting with lots of information about the development of the cablecar system and San Francisco itself. Calling it a museum isn't really quite accurate - its the fully functioning heart of the system, all the cables the cars use are driven from here and you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit with the family (with 2 young kids). Very informative and now we have an idea of how the cable car cable system works and it's history! Also has some exhibit on the 1906 earthquake. The museum is quite small but it's sufficiently comprehensive as it's just focused on the cable car. A very well spent hour... 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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