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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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Fascinating!

Fascinating to see the history of the cable cars, as well as chat to the staff about the current operations of the cable cars.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fascinating to see the history of the cable cars, as well as chat to the staff about the current operations of the cable cars.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is pretty small but it shows you how and where the cable cars are controlled from. It's a nice display and a really cool bit of san fransisco history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Filling in time and decided to visit this museum. Full of so much historical information on the trams and of San Francisco itself. This is also a working area demonstrating how the trams move throughout the city. And it's absolutely free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Free is definitely for me! Interesting to see the history of the cable cars as well as how they work. Can do the whole museum within 20-30 minutes. Great if you have time to kill or happen to be in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Instead of waiting in line to ride a cable car, it would be better time spent to go to the museum and see some cars while learning about their history and usage. As a San Franciscan, I found out more than I ever knew by stopping by the museum once and it's free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Must see! History of the cable cars of San Fran. Museum also contains great photos of the 1900 earthquake and fire. Nice gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not know this existed we got lucky that we found it. It has some great information, the first cable cars and how they still run the today. We also saw pictures of the earthquake San Francisco suffer with any old film machine. You must visit, its free!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been wanting to go to the Cable Car Museum for awhile and when I finally was back in the city it was at the top of my list. I found it very fun to go and see that the location is actually where the cable for the cable cars is. I got to see and read about how they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is in the building that also houses the working cable car power plant. So visitors can see how the cable car works, as the actual cables are visible as they emerge from under the street. The museum is fairly small and can be visited in an hour or so max. Definitely worth the trip for anyone who is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those who aren't aware, the Cable Car Museum is actually the "inner workings" of the cable car system. The huge spools of cable are right there in the open. In addition, there are interesting historical displays and even a pretty decent souvenir shop!

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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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