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Cable Car Museum

Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)
Phone Number: 415 474 1887
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Ranked #17 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

On our 4th trip to San Fran I just had to take in the museum. With the constant hum of the cables in the background we learned about the long but harrowing history of the cable car. Very interesting with examples of the earliest cars and exhibits explaining the inner workings of the cable and car workings. How fortunate that... More 

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Fort Benning, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum to find out how cable cars work and this little museum is very informative. Very good explanation of the cable system. A good short movie - a little outdated but still relevant. Seen how the cable system works above and below the road surface. Some information on the earthquake and fire in 1906 with a lot of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend absolutely loved this place. Even though he grew up in SF and has taken the cable cars numerous times he had never been here. So interesting, so much history. You actually get to see the big wheels and cables running the cars. Also lots of old pictures of SF and a great video and the world's oldest cable... More 

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Montrose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

The Cable Car Museum is pretty neat! There is a lot of noise since it is also where the engines for the cable cars are run from. There is a short informative movie, lots of machinery and tons of information. Definitely worth a visit. You can even take a cable car to/from the place!

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High River, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Great little gem. Not just a museum but the actual working central hub for the cable system. Great historical information and displays. Wish there was a bit more detailed information available on the operation and maintenance of equipment. Nice little gift shop. Free!

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Fingal Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The Cable Car Museum is very interesting place not only a museum, history of the cable cars in San Fran but where the actual cable cars are operated from. We took a cable car up from Powell & Hyde and back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This building is also the Cable Car system control facility. The facility is free. And, it's right on the cable car routes. So, you can just hop off, visit it, and hop back on. Chinatown is also a block a way, so you can combine those two trips before you hop back on a cable car. In the museum/facility, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The Cable Car Museum was very interesting, it's amazing that the cables that are running in that building actually operate the cable cars out on the street. The museum shows you all the nuts and bolts that operate the cable car system. There are newspaper articles about the history of the cable car system. There were pictures of some earthquake... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Well worth an hour of your time if you plan to be in the area(near china town). It's free and has many interesting articles and pictures of SF's past. It will also give you a great view of how the cable cars actual work today.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Amused by preserving the old transportation, authentic machines! I hope cable car fares would be cheaper to give more chance & cater more travelers who couldn't afford the expensive fare!

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