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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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Worth a look if you like the history of the West - and free!

A small museum in the lobby of a bank in the heart of SF's financial district. This is well worth a quick look if you're interested in the history of the West. It's also free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

A small museum in the lobby of a bank in the heart of SF's financial district. This is well worth a quick look if you're interested in the history of the West. It's also free, which is unusual for American museums.

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Lumberton, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Small museum but very interesting!! No charge for admission and well worth the time! There is a stage coach on display as well as one visitors can try out. Western fans will enjoy!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This museum is less than three blocks south on Montgomery Street from the Transamerica Pyramid. It is free, and open Monday through Friday 9-5. There is an authentic stagecoach, a working telegraph you can operate and samples of gold from the California Gold Rush. There are also several,examples of western art, and several displays from the Panama Pacific International exposition.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was an interesting stop in a neighborhood with lots to offer the walking tourist. Can't beat the price!

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San Francisco, Ca.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Not many things in SF are freel This one is.... So many interesting things to see here including a good old wagon from when they used to ferry gold across the country. Plus gold bullion and coins..... Come and learn about early banking in SF..... Two floors of fun stuff... Bring the kids i betcha they will love it!

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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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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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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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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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The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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