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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Phone Number: +1 415-474-1887
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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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What makes the cable cars work

Pretty amazing engineering to see how this whole thing works. You can see the actual machinery and cables that make the whole system operate. Lots of other information about the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty amazing engineering to see how this whole thing works. You can see the actual machinery and cables that make the whole system operate. Lots of other information about the history of the system as well as exhibits on how the cars themselves work with the cable system. It's free and definitely worth the trip.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not only a museum, but the powerhouse of the cable car system! Watching & hearing the cables run was such a neat experience. There's so much history to learn about the cable cars, as well as San Francisco in general. Displays are set up attractively & have tons of information to read. There's a nice gift shop as... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

IF you wonder how the Cable Cars chug up the hills and turn around on the turn tables then this is the place to visit. Not only are there old cable cars but a well designed explaination of how they work. Usually not crowded it is worth the stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see for anyone visiting San Francisco. You will be amazed. I had no idea this was how the cable cars ran throughout the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Francisco's cable cars are city icons, a system installed in the 1870's and still running much the same way nowadays (electric rather than steam motors now, but all the rest is just the same). This 'museum' is actually the powerhouse where all the cables are pulled, propelling every single cable car around the city, today, just as on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best transportation and transportation history museums on the planet. This place is much more than a museum, it's a working system there for you to see. I daresay most people in San Francisco have no idea how the cable cars work. After ten minutes in this place you will be mesmerised and well-educated. Everything about this Museum... More 

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free museum that is worth an hour or so for a visit. See the cables that run the SF cable cars, learn the history of the cable cars, learn how they replace and repair the cables...there are several antique cable cars to view - just a neat little museum. Didn't think I would think much of it, but highly recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped here as part of a bus tour with my family. I found it interesting hearing more about the history of the cable cars and San Francisco's history, but preferred other parts of our tour. I think if you had an interest in transportation you would love it!

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Gliwice, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's actually working Cable Car driving station. A part of it is filled with Cable Car exhibition. It's quite small, but big enough to understand and see how it works live.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great stop! This is FREE and so informative and interesting! Details the history of cable cars, great visuals and original cars, PLUS see the cables in action. While we were there, the repairmen were splicing new cables~ truly an art form! Great for everyone~ do not miss!

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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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