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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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A Cable Car trip though time

I think I stepped into the past and travel with each car and vividly imagined how people have used these cars along history. I remembered so many old films and the whole thing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

I think I stepped into the past and travel with each car and vividly imagined how people have used these cars along history. I remembered so many old films and the whole thing just gave me the chills.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A free museum which added to the 'cable car experience'. It was fun to see the actual cables running through the building; while we were there one of the cables had to be stopped due to the wire having frayed. It was interesting to see the engineers examining it - though probably not enjoyed much by the people on that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is an actual museum and the real cable system combined into one. You could see the cables being pulled by the motors on all four lines of the cable cars. The artifacts were genuine and historically significant. Visitors of any age would find it interesting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It was OK if you are in the area and have 1/2hr free, we were staying in a hotel close by. It was interesting to see the cable wheels in action

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Good exhibits. The experience helped us better understand the cable car system and how it works. A pleasant environment.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

An interesting place in a less traveled section of the city. The exterior of the building is very cool and what actually drew us to the museum in the first place. It offers a good history of the city and the trademark cable cars.

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Fremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a place where we can actually see how the cable car works. We can observe the big cables in action. Apart from that there are artifacts that are up for display with information, be sure to read them all. If you are in SFO, do visit this place which reminds us of history and its free!! It does... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting small museum. You get to see upcolse how the cable car works. Worth the visit when in san Francisco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Free of Charge. This wonderful museum is a must see for anyone facinated by the operations of the Cable Cars. You will see the actual cables in motion. My family and I spent about a half hour here. Would have been longer had we had more time. While we were there, one of the lines was actual stopped. We learned... More 

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Windsor, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The museum houses the actual workings of the currently running cable cars. It's really neat to learn about and see how these little cars run around the city.

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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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