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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94163
Phone Number: 415 396 2619

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We stopped in the Wells Fargo History Museum on our walk to Coit Tower while in San Francisco. It was a fun stop and we enjoyed reading about the history of Wells Fargo and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped in the Wells Fargo History Museum on our walk to Coit Tower while in San Francisco. It was a fun stop and we enjoyed reading about the history of Wells Fargo and playing with the morse code devices, sitting in the carriage, playing original "pong" game, and learning about the California gold history. They even have a free... More 

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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Informative, interesting and interactive, this well thought out museum is all of this and more. Take a stagecoach trip with stories about what it was like, learn about the gold rush, the 1915 exposition and the development of banking. All and all a very enjoyable way to spend an hour or so.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This museum may be small, but packs quite a punch. It details the history of Wells Fargo from inception to today, and does a remarkable job! It doesn't take up much time either - I covered the entire museum in a hour, including a 10 minute film on the bank. They have nice pictures and exhibits. A fun place for... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

It may be only a small museum in lobby of the bank but they certainly pack a wealth of information in to it. It's fascinating to read how gold was transported and the history of the bank. Sadly some of the gold nuggets and coins that were on display are now missing due to a robbery in the early hours... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Free admission. There are a lot of wonderful old photos and displays of different types of coins and gold that has been mined in California. The history of Wells Fargo, American Express, early banking and communications (telegraph, mail) as well as a full-size stagecoach and stories of stage coach rides and robbers (including Black Bart!) add to the excitement of... More 

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San Diego, California
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Many historical articles associated with transporting people and supplies cross country. Not recommended for kids under 13 as it is somewhat dry--aside from a terrific multimedia presentation while you are sitting in a stage coach. You certainly realize how small the space is and thanks to a very well done 4 minute film, differing perspectives from actual travelers. Interesting hands... More 

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Milbridge, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We really wanted to know more about the history of San Francisco and we got it! It took a couple hours to look at the exhibits and read about the role Wells Fargo had in the modernization (taming) of the gold rush miners. The artifacts are priceless.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This small museum is a real gem. Though the museum has been in the same spot for many years, it was recently updated to enhance the experience. So although you could always ride the stagecoach, now you can see scenery pass outside the window as you do. Although you could always hold the reins and pretend to drive the coach,... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fascinating - seeing the old stagecoach, and sitting in a replica to experience what it was like, Allow an hour or two to enjoy. Free to enter

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Wells Fargo History museum takes you back in time to the 1850s, as soon as you enter the building you can view a replica stagecoach, you get to hear from a virtual stagecoach driver what it was like to be a driver of one as well as what is like to be a passenger, and the hazards of the... More 

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