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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 #24 of 374 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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Fishkill, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went in between cable car rides, and found it fascinating to see how the whole system works. Enjoyed the cable car rides, system very slow and over crowded which makes a bit wearing, however the California route was better.

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Oceanside, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

The museum has interesting displays about the history of public transportation in the city. I was most fascinated by the mechanical design displays and the ability to watch the system at work. Unfortunately the wheels that redirect the cables below the street level are badly illuminated and therefore hard to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It is a great place to visit! Worths the visit as you can see how the cable cars work in San Francisco.

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Sarasota, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was very interesting. I enjoyed it, husband really liked it. Amazing to see how often the cables have to be replaced and how that is done. Great pictures of the reels of cable and all the works in there.

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