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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 415 474 1887
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean...
A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
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If you ride the cars this place is a must

Really interesting place to find out about the cable cars and their history in SFO. Also makes a great place to rest just over half way over the nob if your brave enough to walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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San Francisco, California

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Really interesting place to find out about the cable cars and their history in SFO. Also makes a great place to rest just over half way over the nob if your brave enough to walk the hills to fishermans wharf

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

A quaint but interesting museum full of the interworking of the cable cars located in San Francisco. Coupled with a ride on the Trolley it's perfection. The museum is free and is worth the stop if you are in the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a must do for a couple of hours - and it's free! Really interesting look at how the cable cars work and their history. The little shop has lots of very reasonably priced souvenirs.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It was fascinating to learn the history of the Cable Cars in San Francisco and to actually watch the cables moving the cable cars around the city at that very moment. Lots of interesting facts, objects and written information. Very educational.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The museum is hidden away and we found with young children there wasn't much to keep their attention. Also, for those who are sensitive to smells, the museum stinks of grease and fumes from the pulleys.

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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It is small, but has a very nice collection and display of historic cable car artifacts and memorabilia. In addition, it houses the power station that runs the SF cable cars, and you can see the system in operation. We watched a cable splicing operation when we were there. It's a working location, so it's noisy, but very interesting to... More 

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Santa Barbara
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A small but interesting museum with old photos, cable cars and information on the history of the cable car system. The best part is seeing the huge cables spinning around the gears that drive them--they pull all the cable cars up and down the hills of San Francisco--quite a marvel of engineering, especially for the late 1800s. Of course, after... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I like to know how things work, and this was a fantastic place since you can actually see how the cables turn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This museum was really interesting! Watching the huge pulleys for the cable cars was awesome! Wonderful piece of history not to be missed!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

+ Great history about the cable cars + Able to see the underground workings of the cable car system + Great gift shop + Nicely decorated, very engaging - Smell of machinery is very strong! - Informational video is clearly from 1983

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Additional Information about Cable Car Museum

Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 415 474 1887
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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 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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