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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Tales of Wells Fargo ...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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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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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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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 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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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.

Thank zaza107
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank Ronald H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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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