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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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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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Interesting little museum

Great to know the history of these fab trams. Also some historical photos of San Francisco pre and post earthquake. You can comfortably do this visit in under an hour and worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Great to know the history of these fab trams. Also some historical photos of San Francisco pre and post earthquake. You can comfortably do this visit in under an hour and worth it to,understand what an amazing achievement these trams really are!

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Ilminster, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The cable cars are certainly one of the delights of this wonderful city and if you enjoy them as much as I did, then you will also probably find this museum as delightful, fascinating and as interesting as I did.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

If you're mechanically or technically minded (or simply find the stuff fascinating) - whether you're a professional, student, or even curious child - then go spend ~30 minutes at this museum. 19th century technology has never appeared so impressive!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Like most visitors to SF, I completely adore the cable cars. Upon entering the museum for those cable cars, I had high hopes and immediately thought it was very cool to see and hear the machinery the pulls the cable cars around the city. However, there is literally no place to escape those industrial sounds during your entire experience at... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Suddenly your Cable Car ride gets a different dimension after visiting this museum. Impressive to see the engines and mechanics that keeps the cable car system rolling.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I am a train buff so cable cars are right up my alley. The museum is the actual place where the mode of power is supplied to all the cable cars throughout the system. There are many things to see and do. The museum gift shop is nice too. You can see the actual cable being pulled under the street... More 

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Alcudia, Spain
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Free entry with option to leave a donation. Very interesting and you actually see the workings of the cable cars running around San Fransisco today and learn why those big blokes need pull so hard on the levers, as long as they don't let go on a downhill run!! The cable car stops right outside so there is no excuse,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

San Francisco has the only cable car system in the world. They are truly a operating antique dating back to 1873. But still the cable cars are a very efficient and practical way to get up and down the city hills and extremely fun as well. The cable car museum is free and is where the under-street cables are powered.... More 

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Billings, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This museum was fun and free! It was great to read all of the history and learn more about SF. The museum is not very big but worth stopping in.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This volunteer-led museum provided a fascinating insight into how the cable car system changed the development of San Francisco. It has some great exhibits, including some beautiful old cable cars, and you can also see the actual cable wheels running beneath the museum in the room below. An old but fun and informative video shows you how the system works... More 

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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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