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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94163
Phone Number: 14153962619
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum...

Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum depicts Wells Fargo's important role in the California Gold Rush, San Francisco history, stagecoach travel in early California and the settlement of the American West. Visitors of all ages can enjoy fun interactive exhibits which include a stagecoach "ride experience," operating vintage banking machines, a working telegraph, videos and authentic artifacts such as an original 1868 stagecoach, historic coins, currency, maps, and photographs. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free.

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For we who watched so many old western films

A place where you can experience the cradle like movement of a stagecoach, while hearing the words of Mark Twain and others referring their own experiences more than one hundred... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Maite C
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A place where you can experience the cradle like movement of a stagecoach, while hearing the words of Mark Twain and others referring their own experiences more than one hundred years ago. Nicely displayed, the history of those journeys, the bandits and all that

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Central Coast California
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112 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Ok, if I had to pay for this museum I wouldn't have rated it so highly. However, in an expensive city, this is a gem for a family. Small, but if you are in the financial district, pop in. The kids can jump in a stage coach and see how small it was especially when you are told 9 people... More 

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Thank labonvoyer
San Francisco, CA
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458 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Interesting to learn about the beginnings of this banking behemoth, and so much of the story of the Old Wild West. Bring the kids!

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Thank William M
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The bank that won the West had tales, movies and TV shows which captivated a generation (and may be in reruns, who knows?) and spun off one of the largest financial institutions of today. The great museum takes you from pony express & stagecoaches to the Net world of today's finances. Price is right, it's free and it's worthwhile! Enjoy... More 

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Thank David B L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

A little museum showing the history of the Wells Fargo company and, by extension, that of the West and America. A mixture of historic artefacts and interactive games make it a fun, little, free museum. You can have you photo taken with a real Wells Fargo wagon, print your own shipping manifest, and read about Wells Fargo's more recent innovations.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We stumbled upon this on a walk into the shopping area and had to go in. As a kid I always loved playing with my timpo cowboy and indian figures and Wells Fargo stagecoach toys. This brought it all to life . There's lots of little interesting activities to do here. My wife who worked in the banking industry found... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This is right in the Financial District of the city - - its a very interesting look at the history of the Bank as well as of San Francisco - - never a line to get in and well worth a visit.

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Thank Ron C
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We found this free museum informative and enjoyable. It was interesting reading about the history of the Coaches and the Pony Express. I hadn't realised The Pony Express only was in operation for 18 months before being taken over by the railroad.

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Thank Outandabout1208
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Slightly difficult to fine (maybe we just had a bad map) but this is a great stop. My four year old daughter loved riding in the carriage and seeing the various exhibits.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Being a western fanatic this had to be high on my list of musts. Randolph Scott was missing along with Doris Day but my imagination made up for their loss. A very interesting museum but not a lot to see reall and if you take the wrong turning inside you end up in Wells Fargo Bank.

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