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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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This is a small free admission museum built by Wells Fargo, the former stage-couch operator turned 4th largest US bank and the major mortgage lender in America, and it was one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a small free admission museum built by Wells Fargo, the former stage-couch operator turned 4th largest US bank and the major mortgage lender in America, and it was one of our top fun experiences in San Francisco. It is also suited for kids so if you are in the area and need a rest, get your family in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited this museum as part of a guide private tour, and both ourselves and our kids had a great time here, and thought it was very informative. It's not a massively big museum, but totally worth spending some time in, as it paints a nice picture of the early days of the SF / West coast history.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I enjoyed this museum because it explained the real origins of the company and its legendary past. The stage coaches and other exhibits are well displayed.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We found this museum by accident as we were out walking. We went in and sat in the coach and watched the film which was interesting and they had quite a few bits and pieces about the history of coach travel. It also has information on the gold rush. If you have children with you they may also enjoy a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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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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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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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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Address: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94163
Phone Number: 415 396 2619
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District

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