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“Free and fun”

Wells Fargo History Museum
Ranked #98 of 529 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum depicts Wells Fargo's important role in the California Gold Rush, San Francisco history, stagecoach travel in early California and the settlement of the American West. Visitors of all ages can enjoy fun interactive exhibits which include a stagecoach "ride experience," operating vintage banking machines, a working telegraph, videos and authentic artifacts such as an original 1868 stagecoach, historic coins, currency, maps, and photographs. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Free and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

Wells Fargo made this free museum into something. Apart from some history some dunny things to do (also for children). And as well a coachride simulator. Fun to learn that riding backward was better!

Thank Jlove1982
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Oakland, California
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“Closed for renovation until November”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

A great museum about the history of the West with some valuable coins and gold ingots, maybe the only place in San Francisco where you still can see gold and silver with the Pacific Heritage Museum 2 blocks away and since the Old Mint closed years ago. There is also an old stagecoach in the window but be aware that the museum will be closed for renovation until November.

Visited April 2013
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Chandler, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

The Museum was a pleasant find as we were doing sightseeing in San Francisco. There were several exhibits that provided a narrative as well as movies of the Stagecoach era. Displays were awesome providing actual pictures and films of the gold rush era and lots of memorabilia. My wife and I took the stagecoach ride in an actual stagecoach with full narration of what it was like to go cross country. The museum was free.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Stop in if in the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

I can't say I'd suggest someone go out of there way to see this place, however if in the area for other reasons, such as grace cathedral, it wouldn't hurt to stop in and see this free mini museum. The museum is actually inside a wells fargo building, and has a number of artifacts and paintings all to do with the gold rush. There's some interesting bits of information, and you can see the whole place in under and hour and it wasn't crowded at all.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Unexpected delight in the financial distrcit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Unexpected surprise. Give yourself an hour for this. In the midst of the busy financial district, real history from only 150 years or so ago. And how different the world was. A real stagecoach. A mock-up of the first telegraph. Some genuine artifacts and many examples of Pony Express letters with their special stamps. Free, too.

Visited May 2013
Thank john592
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