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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)
415 474 1887
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Ranked #26 of 377 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

OK it's a work shop with a museum. It's hot and loud, but still worth it! It's free and no place like it, anywhere in the world. Worth a quick stop!

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Our in-town hosts took us to this free museum, and we were very impressed. Even our teenage son took a real interest. The cable car system in SF is so unique and to be able to have a real look at the workings was a great use of time.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Learn and see how the cable cars works BEFORE you take the ride. The museum is free and contains many interesting displays! Be sure to catch the cable car in front or you may be stuck climbing one of the famous San Francisco hills!

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New Westminster, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The cable car museum could take as much time as you want it to. There is lots to look at, regarding the cable cars, the fire and life in San Francisco in the early years. I left with a better understanding of what makes San Francisco unique. It's free, easy to find and has something for all ages.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The museum is well worth visiting. Entrance fee is by donation and you get yo see the actual workings of the actual cables running under the street. Plus you get a history of the cable car era and see how the cars are attached. Expect to spent a couple of hours there.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Quick visit, there isn't a ton to see but it's really cool because new cable carts work out of here and you can go downstairs to see how they actually work underground and see the mechanic shop. Also some really awesome photos, facts and history about SF. And it's FREE

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Adel, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Going through the museum, and, seeing how the cable cars actually operate makes the ride on the cars more enjoyable. Only downside is the noise of the machinery

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great to see how the cars work. Suprised to see four lines powered from the same engine house. Free to visit but a serious uphill climb if you visit on foot.

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Solihull, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you're interested in the history of the cable car and you've got an hour of spare time it's well worth visiting this museum - as it covers the fundamentals of the cable car with a mock up inside so you can get on a non crowed once

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Makati, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This place is definitely worth the visit if you're into industrial history and engineering. There's a good variety of cable cars on exhibit.

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