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“Tiny but great museum”

San Francisco Railway Museum
Ranked #165 of 574 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique streetcars and national landmark cable cars that regularly run along the city's main arteries, and how rail transportation shaped development of the city. The museum is located at the Steuart Street F-line stop, half a block south of Market St., catty-corner from the Ferry Building, and only steps away from the California St. Cable Car terminal. Admission to the museum is free.
Reviewed 19 April 2013

As the docent pointed out to us, the museum is small because most of the exhibits are out on the rails. I recommend a stop if you are a rail fan.

1  Thank ozziep9
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

The museum was not quite what we expected. Yes, it is free but it is extremely small (it would easily fit inside your typical Mcdonalds outlet). It does not have old cable cars or trolleys and virtually no hands on exhibits. But it does provide a detailed history of San Francisco's public transit system through many photos and timelines. It does contain a decent little store where you can pickup cable car souvenirs. It's a very short walk from the Ferry Terminal.

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Small yet interesting museum. Free and doesn't take long to go through. Fascinated by how the trolleys run and this museum is very informative.

This is an active museum. The lines we get to view are actually in use. I found that interesting.

1  Thank Robyn G
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Reviewed 2 December 2012 via mobile

This museum is very small but packs quite a bit of info. Very interesting to me as I enjoy learning about the history of cities. Learn the difference between streetcar, cable car, etc. Learn about the history behind the unique transportation system of SF. Learn how the muni was started, and much more.

Don't miss the video of market street made in the days before the earthquake and fire of 1906. Very interesting as it shows the exact street that you arrive into the area (market street) if you take the muni, from over 100 years ago. It also gives a short history lesson of the area. There are also some other interactive vids and a touchscreen "exhibit " to learn about each individual original streetcar.

I loved it but it may not be for everyone. If you are visiting the Ferry building and are waiting for a ride on the F line to get to the fisherman's wharf, it wouldn't hurt to stop in for a few minutes to see if you would enjoy it.

1  Thank leilapalooza
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

this is one of the smallest museums, yet full of educational videos and photos and excellent merchandise to take home. free admission.

1  Thank Vita A
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