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Cable Car Museum

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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed today via mobile

Amazing History and present day workings of the cable car system. It’s amazing the old technology that is still in use today, including the GE electric motors from 1892. The fact that the cable loops are always running at 9.5 mph and how the cable...More

Thank RustyWater
Reviewed yesterday

We happened to walk by the Cable Car Museum and decided to check it out. What a great place!! So much information and how cool is it to see how the cable cars are powered!!! A cute little gift shop, too. We love little surprises...More

Thank Loretta S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have taken visitors here many times. Great spot to stop for a bit Good rainy day activity for kids of all ages .The admission is free one of the best bargain in the city. Clean restrooms and a nice gift shop. Get to see the...More

Thank Barbra B
Reviewed 4 days ago

A fascinating insight to an historical wonder - the workings of the San Francisco cable car. You can watch the underground workings keeping the cars running continuously. Very noisy, but you will find the historical photos and artifacts more than make up for the noise.

Thank VitaAuckland
Reviewed 5 days ago

We weren’t sure about going here because it was out of our way, but afterwards, we both agreed it was well worth it. The information provided made us appreciate the work involved in running the cable cars. There is no cost to go in this...More

Thank occasionaltraveler04
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum is also the power house for the remaining cable car lines. You can see the giant wheels moving the cables. Other exhibits include old cable cars, the history of cable cars, and other information about San Francisco transportation systems.

Thank Bob-WorldTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across this place whilst walking in the area. There's a great series of displays, especially about the earthquake and fire in the early 20th century. The history of the cable cars is interesting, the engineering more so (assuming it's your type of thing) and...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cable Car Museum was very interesting as you walk above the actual cables that are moving the cars along the street. Beside the actual workings of the cable cars, there are informative pictures and signs to read. Also, a restroom is free!

Thank martharoy54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much history there ! SF is the only last remaining true cable car city in the world . Lots to see and learn here and did I mention Free ? They have a great gift shop and very clean bathrooms .

Thank lb33wonka
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away- really worth sussing out. Provides a great insight to SF history and how the cable cars actually work which willl surprise a lot of visitors - it’s quite complex. And it’s free!

Thank Kelly D
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Nob Hill
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
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Response from okietravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Well worth it! It’s free and interesting!
7 April 2018|
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Response from yellowpixels | Reviewed this property |
One of the best bargains in SF at no cost ( donations optional). Depending upon the time of day the activity will vary so your time on site is your call. The museum itself is probably a 30 min or so visit. The cable machine... More