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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)
415 474 1887
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #25 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

...... Depending on whether you are a geeky engineer type male or really any female ...... I thoroughly enjoyed it and it would be top 5 best things in San Fran for me but not so much for the rest of my family :-( The fact that all the cables are run from one place with such cool old and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It is truly amazing to see how the cable cars are moved through the city. You can see the actual cables and learn about the history.

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Stormville, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is not the largest museum, and doesnt take much time. Definitely somwhere you can stop on the way to somewhere else.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed seeing how the cable cars worked and how the cables were still running under the streets. It give a bit more insight to the role of the ‘grib man’ when you use the actual cable cars. It's a small place with only a few items to look at. But it's free! It is located in a very busy... More

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Fishkill, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you love Cable Cars,Trolley's and want to know how it all works. This is the place for you. Small museum and no entrance fee. Nice gift shop. The cable cars are all run from the floor of the museum and that is amazing. Takes about an hour and you can go on a tour.

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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend loved it (I have to admit I'm not really into that kind of stuff). But it's free and if you're walking by, there is no reason not to walk in. Very educational. Interesting information about San Francisco's history and people wanting to save the streetcars!

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A quick stop on the cable car ride and you'll find the working history of one of Americas icons. Interesting and only one of a kind that I'm aware of.

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Corona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I enjoyed seeing how the cable cars worked. It's a small place with only a few items to look at. But it's free so you can't beat that! It is located in a very busy area so it was very difficult to find parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We found out about this by accident. It's free and well worth a visit if you have an interest in the history of the cable cars. Conveniently situated very close to a cable car stop.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We decided to tour this museum because we were early into San Francisco and needed something to do. The museum is very interesting and the best part of it is the actual workings of the cable cars. There are the actual wheels and cables that operate the cable cars. It was fascinating to see how such simple technology can run... More

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