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“More than just a museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cable Car Museum

Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)
415 474 1887
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Ranked #24 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“More than just a museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

After travelling around San Francisco for a couple of days using the famous cable cars my wife and I saw an advertisement for the museum. To my surprise the building houses the power plant necessary to drive the cables round the city. Although the environment is somewhat noisy, using drawings, photographs and sectioned mechanical parts, it does show precisely how the system was developed and how it runs today. The staff were knowledgable, an one could easily spend an hour seeing all that is on offer. There was no charge for entry to the museum.

Visited May 2013
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“Free, interesting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Great museum to just wander in and out of, and to appreciate the ingenuity of late 19th century San Franciscans. Even more amazing they keep them running today.

Visited June 2013
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“Very interesting history of cable cars”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

It was interesting to see how the cars work. I had pondered it all day as we walked around SF, and I have finally figured it out just before we arrived at the museum. It was as I thought. But to see the history was inteeresting.

Visited June 2013
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“fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Very interesting the staff were well informed and were able to answer all my questions,a good way to spend a few hours.

Visited May 2013
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“Fun and informative!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great place to learn about the cable cars and San Francisco history. We were surprised that this great place was free. Worth the time!

Visited June 2013
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