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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 #22 of 333 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 young children, Activities for older 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 young children, Activities for older children

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

If you have any interest in how cable cars work and the history, this would be the place to spend 90 minutes. Totally fascinating and you can actually see the real cables under the street at work. I give it four out of five stars.

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Pennsylvania, US
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

The bottom floor view shows how all the Cable Cars are powered. Watching the wheels move is a great way to appreciate actual engineering at work. The upstairs exhibits show many of the patterns and tools used to make the Cable Cars and keep them running. Old-fashioned cars are also on display. There's a great gift shop that helps to... More 

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United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you have time this place is worth a visit to learn about the history and engineering behind the iconic cable cars . Its all too easy to take these things for grated without understanding the vision which went into developing , introducing and maintaining this system .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting place to go. Would recommend going there before going on the street car.and is free

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Redwood City, California
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29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

For some reason my little brother was set on visiting the cable car museum and I was not interested in the slightest but he kept whining until we stopped by and I was surprised to find that it was actually very interesting. In the first place its free so there's really no downside in stopping by for a bit. It... More 

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Very cool to see the actual cables that are pulling the cable cars. There is a nice shop and the only place we ever found SF yeast. Bought two packs. The cable car ornaments are cheaper in Chinatown. In the back of the museum is a very informative video for both kids and adults. There are bathrooms.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Cable Car " Bell " is the rhythm of music to Northpoint resident of San Francisco. Cable Car Museum is one of the main point to visit and learn. It is amazing those big cables are pulling all carriages up and down the hills. Antique cars, photos, bell and so on are described in detail on article.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a small museum that lets one see how the cable cars work. It is fascinating to see this great piece of 19th century engineering. Of course the cable cars stop right by the museum and they announce that you are here. Be careful about closing times. The guide book we had said 6pm when it was actually 5pm.

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We've been wanting to see this museum for a while. Finally went and it was worth the stop. Just seeing the cables working was worth it. They have some interesting history and old cable cars. It wont take up a lot of your time but it is worth it.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We visited this place as part of a city tour that was wonderful. This is the heart and soul of the iconic cable cars in SFO. The machines were old, but still working as designed without the help of computers or technology. Almost a Rube Goldberg kind of set up...so many cables, pulleys, wheels, gears. And it's been working this... More 

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