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“History of Wells Fargo”

Wells Fargo History Museum
Ranked #96 of 546 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.
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“History of Wells Fargo”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Located at the Wells Fargo office in San Francisco, this shows the history of the company and the family and the areas of business that it has been and is involved in. There are some interactive things to do, including morse code and stage coaches.
Children would like the interaction elements of the museum.

Interesting to find out that Wells Fargo was one of the founding fathers of San Francisco, but the museum doesn't tell you much more than the guide book.

Visited April 2014
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Georgetown, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Free...Why Not?!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

This museum is rather small but free and definitely worth a visit. It has tons of cool things related to transportation finances and communication. It would be great for children as there are several opportunities for hands on engagement through out the exhibits. There is even a camera set up so it will take and print your picture! The employee at the museum was extremely helpful and offered lots of great tourist sites and tips!

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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”
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!

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Oakland, California
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Closed for renovation until November”
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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237 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“VERY IMPRESSIVE HISTORY MUSEUM”
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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