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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“inner workings” (69 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After riding the cable cars, check out this free museum. And it is also where the cable cars are serviced, stored at night, and cable maintained. This is their working "garage" full of interesting facts for the whole family and a nice break from walking...More

1  Thank 451jenh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Convenient location and really interesting to see the machinery that moves the cable cars around the city.

1  Thank KylerCA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fascinating insiders view to how the cable cars work! I really enjoyed it, and the people were very friendly and nice. Worth stopping in BEFORE you ride to appreciate how the cable cars work, and the history behind them.

1  Thank Keith M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we were spending the day walking around the city we stopped at the Museum. It was very interesting to read how the cable cars first came into prominence and the changes made over the years. It was especially interesting to watch the actual cables...More

Thank Trudy L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our cable car brakeman recommended this as an interesting place to see. We love to ride the cable cars whenever we are in town so we decided to give it a try. He was right, it was very interesting. This is also the power station...More

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Francisco is one of, if not, our favourite place to visit. There is so much to see and do although even to date we have hardly scratched the service. In planning yet another visit to see our Grand-daughter my research suggested, what turned out...More

Thank Patian2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

made a change not to be charged for visiting such a great small museum. Very interesting plenty of historical info and easy to get to.

Thank marshallfury
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum Is located in the Main Drive house for the entire system. Its engines serve the four cable car lines throughout the city. The motors drive large bull wheels and there are numerous plaques describing the mechanics and history of...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very interesting museum. Learned a lot about the cable cars and their history in San Francisco. Was neat to see the working cables. It is a must see. Unfortunately parking is a bit tricky. We ended up parking in Chinatown and walking...More

Thank Dorothy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great little museum free to enter with a fascinating history of the famous San Francisco cable cars . In US a 'cable car' is actually a tram with a cable set in the ground between the wheels. The museum shows the development if the...More

Thank tonyboylan
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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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