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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 #19 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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 moving cable.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Bristol, England
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198 reviews 198 reviews
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366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

It's just amazing and fascinating to get up close to the workings of ther cable car system - the museum is built on top of the actual machinery which drives the endless cables that power the 4 cable car lines. Ok this may be more for people with an interest in engineering, but I promise that even a brief visit... More

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Lugano, Svizzera
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The museum explains how the cable car system works. You will see enormous wheels rotating and moving the cable cars around the city. Interesting is the explanation of the cars role in the city of San Francisco starting from the '800 and evolving until today. Recommended.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Informative spot on the history of cable cars and public transportation in San Fran. FREE, no admission! Opens at 10am, take the cable car there - hop on the Powell-Hyde Street or Powell-Mason line cable car to the museum for the full effect. Nice exhibit and also clean public restrooms! My 4 year old was enthralled with the machinery and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

by the system that keeps the cars going, the underground labyrinth. It is no museum, because all the systems inside the building actually make the cable cars move as we speak! There is also a short movie to see for free, explaining the system and history, plus one exhibition is dedicated to the great fire, very interesting. Something not to... More

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Well worth a visit. There is no admission charge, and just to be able to see the workings of how the cable cars run is fascinating. The is the building which houses all the wheels and cables that run the cable cars in the city.

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Goleta
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Cable Car Museum is noisy. This is because the equipment inside is noisy! A short visit is enough to be amazed by the inner workings. It is unfortunate the rest of the museum is not isolated from the noise.

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High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was definitely worth a visit. Admission was free and very informative. It was fascinating to learn how the cable cars work and to see and hear the cables in action!

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Quebec City, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We did not plan to go there but we were near so we decided to give a look and found it really interesting! I think it is worth to see if you took cable car or intend to do so. It's free of charge and we learn how cable cars work and actually see the cables and how they work!... More

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Sunbury on Thames
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you've never been to SF before, and don't know how cable cars work, you'll be amazed by this museum, which is actually an engine house from which all the cable cars are driven. Old technology, but still working effectively and providing a unique travel experience.

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cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This was great for a short visit and was nice and easily explained. Great to see and understand the live workings of these unique and fun means of public transport.

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