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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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Cable Car Encyclopedia Under One Roof

How do the cable cars work? What is their history? How did they survive the 1906 earthquake? Everything you wanted to know and things that you didn't even consider are answered... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

How do the cable cars work? What is their history? How did they survive the 1906 earthquake? Everything you wanted to know and things that you didn't even consider are answered here in as much or as little detail as you want. Don't miss this!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A visit to the cable car museum is well worth it. I enjoyed taking all the rides but to find exactly how it works and the history of the able cars was really worthwhile. You do not need a great deal of time but do watch the video. Also it is free!

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Santiago, Chile
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Cable car is a must; however, if it is crowded (which can be quite often) take a spin around the museum. This is an old building where the cars are stored a night, and where the motors move all the cables that pull the cars uo the hills. There are very graphic explanations, for big and small alike. And there's... More 

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dallas
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum that you can visit in under and hour, yet it gives a very informative comprehensive explanation of how cable cars work as well as their history. It was fascinating, and made me appreciate our cable car rides even more.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I dragged my wife to the museum but she was not as interested as me. Therefore the 5 stars are from me. The history of the cable car is very interesting and well set out in a video and exhibits. You can also see the mechanism at the heart of the cable system. It's not the easiest place to find... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Experience smells and sounds of being transported to the heyday of the cable car. This place is in full action with all its cables, cogs, brass, wood and handcraft on display to touch. See what the first cable cars looked like and how people were seated on their ride to-and-fro in San Francisco. Stop by on your way around the... More 

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Longview, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

What an amazing system created in 1878!!! And still very much a part of the San Franscisco life. Ride it, then go to the museum!! It showes the system working LIVE!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were so fascinated to find out how the cable cars work. Small museum but full of information. Great to see all of it working together.

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Cala Tarida, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Cable Car Museum is definitely worth a visit. The history of the Cable Car is interesting and still vital to San Francisco. Aside from seeing the Museum, definitely take a ride on one. I like the California Street ride the best, but the one up Powell Street is also nice.

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The museum is on a couple of the cable car routes and definitely worth the stop. It is a short stop and FREE. It's an engineer's dream. Incredible how they drive the cars.

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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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