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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Worth the stop

Hey, it's free, cute little gift shop, great for understanding how it all works and you probably weren't in a hurry if you are riding the cars anyway, so stop and check it out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Eagle
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14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Hey, it's free, cute little gift shop, great for understanding how it all works and you probably weren't in a hurry if you are riding the cars anyway, so stop and check it out.

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kc
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Neat place and you really need to see how the cable cars work, it's pretty amazing. As I remember it's free but very well worth it. The cable cars are now basically a theme ride and expensive (The locals don't ride them)....expensive as in $6 for a one way trip. So buy a 3 day pass for $13, it's cost... More 

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SteMélanie
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Short and free visit giving a very good idea of the way cable cars are operating. We had also an historical overview of this original transportation.

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Scottsdale
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Small, well-documented history of the cable cars and yet you get to see the machinery spinning with what's going under the city cable lines. Great place to end your ride on the cable cars.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Visited SF for the first time. My husband and I are history buffs and were fascinated by the information on cable car system given to us by our city tour guide, Reed ('Small Car Big Time Tours', also reviewed). I had read about this museum on TA prior to our trip but I didn't put it on our 'must do's',... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Everyone visiting San Francisco for the first time has a ride on the famous cable cars, and this museum explains how the system works. It turns out that the cars are (to my surprise) completely unpowered - they move by clamping on to constantly moving cables running under the streets of the city. The museum overlooks the massive cogs and... More 

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Monterey, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I have been the museum twice, it is so hard to get on a cable car these days, the most recent time i sadly had to take a taxi to get there. If you want to see how the "sausage is made" regarding cable cars, this is the place to go. Not only do you get history and see some... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a working museum - you can see the cables winding through the old engines. In addition good displays that explain the history of these hangovers from Victorian technology and it is FREE!

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This FREE museum surrounds working areas of the trolley system. When you walk in the front doors and up the stairs you can view from above the engines and cables that pull all 5 lines as well as displays explaining the engineering and history of the cable cars. Downstairs, you can view several engines and cables from below. The scale... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

OMG! First time on this cable car. Not the last one for sure. The drivers are sooooo funny and friendly. The ride is amazing. Many stops and interesting sights. Recommended!

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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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