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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 #25 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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Happened to passby this unique Cable Car Museum when we were walking toward fisherman warf and decided to visit since is Free Admission. We went during the weekday late morning. Not much people around. They have the view of the cable pulley system which is very interesting and still working today. The displays are very informative and are definitely worth... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip to the Cable Car Museum, having gone a few years back. This time we went as part of a tour. It was still very interesting. It's actually the current cable car mechanism! Yes, it's a museum with interesting photos and exhibits, but you get to see the actual working mechanisms in real time! And it's... More

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

recommended by a friend who visited San Francisco last year. Absolutely fascinating. Great little film and opportunity to see the actual cables! It was a hot day and the museum is very warm-no drinks on site, take some bottled water

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Townsville, Qld, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Before leaving Australia, my father asked me to bring him back a polo t-shirt with the cable cars on it. We went to the Cable Car Museum because we thought this would be the best place to get this. Unfortunately, the souvenirs available at the Museum were a bit disappointing (no polo shirts), but the Museum itself was far more... More

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The hub of the cable car system! A fantastic little museum with explanations of how the cable cars work. You can also find out about the history and development of the cable cars. The cable cars stop right outside the museum and best of all entry is free. Allow anything from 15 minutes for a brief look at the working... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a unique working museum where you see the mechanism that keeps the cable cars running in San Francisco. Not much to see in the way of exhibits, but worth it to see and hear the wheels and cables in action and understand how this amazing piece of engineering still runs today. You've travelled above ground on the cable... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Best part watching the old spooling machines that actually run the system. The machines are original and old, and are tended to by workers who treat them like family. Really cool. Exhibits have excellent explanations of the workings of the system, as well as history. Worth an hour or two. Tip: when riding cable car get on a block or... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Taking the cable car in San Francisco is $6 for a short one-way ride, but this museum of the cable car is free and definitely worth the stop. If possible come here before riding the cable car in order to gain some appreciation for the workings of the cable car system. See the actual cables running as they enter and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The cable car museum is a great place to visit as it is the starting point of the cables that the cable cars are operated from. This is a very interesting place for the mechanically minded, and those not so. There is a lot of memorabilia and history details on the walls that is interesting to read. Another bonus is... More

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Rye, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The cable car barn is how to learn the history of San Francisco unique cackle car system. When you are on the cable car leaving Fisherman's wharf you wonder what happens if the car slips back only to then jerk forward it is scary. The museum gives the whys to what is happening. The video is excellent about the history... More

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