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Wells Fargo History Museum

420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94163 (Financial District)
415 396 2619
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Ranked #92 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Traveler Description: San Francisco Wells Fargo Museum is built on the same site as where the original  Wells Fargo Bank was built in 1852. Some of the highlights of this... more »
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant museum with great hands on exhibits. Interesting video presentation, early pong machine and an interactive ride in a stagecoach. Really enjoyed it, as did my husband and son and it's free!

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san francisco
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264 reviews 264 reviews
140 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Ok --- I don't understand the 4 and 5 star ratings.... The positive: it is free (but I guess you get what you pay for) The museum is one room on the ground floor with a loft; lots of interesting lore from the 1800's with display cases showing memorabilia from the old West --- I have taken a bunch of... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
81 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Museum is quite small and in reception area of one of the Wells Fargo Bank admin buildings in the Financial District. Pride of place was an 1867 stage coach which immediately took me back to TV "Westerns" as a youngster. There was also a separate mock up you could sit in to experience the feel of riding in one.... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Located at the Wells Fargo office in San Francisco, this shows the history of the company and the family and the areas of business that it has been and is involved in. There are some interactive things to do, including morse code and stage coaches. Children would like the interaction elements of the museum. Interesting to find out that Wells... More

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Georgetown, Delaware
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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This museum is rather small but free and definitely worth a visit. It has tons of cool things related to transportation finances and communication. It would be great for children as there are several opportunities for hands on engagement through out the exhibits. There is even a camera set up so it will take and print your picture! The employee... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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147 reviews 147 reviews
84 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

Wells Fargo made this free museum into something. Apart from some history some dunny things to do (also for children). And as well a coachride simulator. Fun to learn that riding backward was better!

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

A great museum about the history of the West with some valuable coins and gold ingots, maybe the only place in San Francisco where you still can see gold and silver with the Pacific Heritage Museum 2 blocks away and since the Old Mint closed years ago. There is also an old stagecoach in the window but be aware that... More

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Chandler, AZ
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164 reviews 164 reviews
82 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Museum was a pleasant find as we were doing sightseeing in San Francisco. There were several exhibits that provided a narrative as well as movies of the Stagecoach era. Displays were awesome providing actual pictures and films of the gold rush era and lots of memorabilia. My wife and I took the stagecoach ride in an actual stagecoach with... More

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New York City, New York
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145 reviews 145 reviews
126 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I can't say I'd suggest someone go out of there way to see this place, however if in the area for other reasons, such as grace cathedral, it wouldn't hurt to stop in and see this free mini museum. The museum is actually inside a wells fargo building, and has a number of artifacts and paintings all to do with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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51 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Unexpected surprise. Give yourself an hour for this. In the midst of the busy financial district, real history from only 150 years or so ago. And how different the world was. A real stagecoach. A mock-up of the first telegraph. Some genuine artifacts and many examples of Pony Express letters with their special stamps. Free, too.

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