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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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I came across this museum by accident while walking around San Francisco and was glad I did. I learned so much about how the cable cars in the city work. You even get to see a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte, NC
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203 reviews 203 reviews
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I came across this museum by accident while walking around San Francisco and was glad I did. I learned so much about how the cable cars in the city work. You even get to see a little of what it is like beneath the streets in the city. What's even more surprising is that this place is free. it also... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating place to learn about this fun form of transportation! Noisy but so educational. They have made the learning about cable cars and the history of them in San Francisco so interesting. We loved reading about the women of the city working hard to keep them around.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We had a brief stop here on our City Tour. It was interesting to see the real St. Car Named Desire, and how the cables work under the street. It was a busy spot. Nice bathrooms. Good photo op.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our stop here. It is a free museum and I believe interesting for old and young alike. They have picture viewers of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and you can see workers inspecting the cables as part of work of the place. An interesting fact about cable cars is they have to replace the wooden brake part... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a working museum. You can see the cable that's pulling the cars working underground, and see exhibits about how the cars speed up, coast, and stop. Old, out of service cars are there along with a very good exhibit on the San Francisco earthquake and fire. The museum shop has a nice assortment of San Fran souvenirs.

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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I think that anyone visiting SF and wanting to know about the history of the Cable Cars should visit this museum. Since the cable cars still run today, you can see the actual lines of cable running - and imagine what it was like many years ago when more lines were function. This is a working museum. Fun, interesting, and... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon this place while out walking around Chinatown and the nearby areas. Very glad we checked it out before we actually rode the cable cars with our kids; it was fascinating to see how the whole cable car system actually works! You can view the big turning wheels that run under the streets. It gave us a good... More 

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Modesto, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

You must hop off the cable car and visit this museum! It's free and it is such a delight! We will learn so much about cable Cars, you get to ring a bell, and see the cables in action! No trip to San Francisco is complete with seeing this gem!

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were looking forward to seeing this. When we got there, we were presented with a 2 room tour that took all of 10 minutes to go through. This is not a guided tour... It is just a bunch or hard backboards with a bunch of information. While we still enjoyed it because we are readers and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Free entrance. Educational. You see how the cable cars are being pulled through the city of San Francisco. Can see the actual underground cables. Incredible. Incredulous. Must Visit.

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Additional Information about Cable Car Museum

Address: Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 415 474 1887
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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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