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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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A must visit when in San Francisco

If you're like wife and I who leave our hearts in San Francisco every time we visit the magical city by the bay then don't fail to visit the Cable Car Museum to get to know ALL... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you're like wife and I who leave our hearts in San Francisco every time we visit the magical city by the bay then don't fail to visit the Cable Car Museum to get to know ALL the history of those "cable cars that reach halfway to the stars"...thank you for that Tony Bennett

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Probably 99.9 percent of visitors to San Francisco take a ride on one of our famous cable cars. But very few make it to the cable car barn at Washington and Mason Streets. I often take visitors to the site for a firsthand look at how the system works. Here's some interesting background information about the cable cars reproduced from... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The museum is a great way to learn how the cable car system runs, it's free, and very interesting. Within walking distance from Union Square

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very cool to see how the cable cars work now and how they did in the past. They also have some cool pictures from the earth quakes and fires there.

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Lutterworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Really interesting to see the inner workings of the cable car system that is famous in San Francisco. Free admission and very informative.

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

On our last day in SF we decided to walk to the museum from the wharf. This museum is totally free and open every day till 6pm. The history of how the cable car al began can be seen here. Upon arriving you are "greeted" by loud noise and once entering you will see why. This is the epicenter of... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Nice to have a look on how the cable cars work. They have a nice gift shop, too. Worth a visit, specially with children.

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Zionsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Learned a lot about history and this unique aspect of San Francisco. Worth the trip. Plus take a cable car ride to see it. Can't miss the views.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This museum was much smaller than I expected, but included many interesting pieces. It's free and has a gift shop. The museum is worth a look, especially after riding a cable car.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

How clever are some people to invent something like this! This museum is free and small. You get a real understanding of why and how the trams in San Francisco work. My husband really loved it.

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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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