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Wells Fargo History Museum

Address: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94163 (Financial District)
Phone Number: 415 396 2619
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Ranked #101 of 716 things to do in San Francisco
Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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181 reviews 181 reviews
80 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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360 reviews 360 reviews
246 attraction reviews
351 helpful votes 351 helpful votes
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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Rhode Island
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123 reviews 123 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you have an extra half-hour to spend, try this little spot in the financial center in SF. Many interesting artifacts of early banking, such as one of the earliest check (no bank name since there was only one bank in the US!) and various other drafts. The most interesting is the stage coach. "Ride" inside and get the feeling... More 

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Wonderful, free museum. you can sit in a stagecoach and experience the early days of the company. if you have half an hour to spare and you are in the area it is well worth a visit

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This small off the beaten path museum showcases the history and pride of this modern high profile institution. There is much to see and learn. Staff is pleasant and will answer all inquiries. The replica stagecoach will entertain and amaze passengers of all ages. Enjoy your virtual journey across 1800s America. Take your turn at the reins to experience a... More 

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