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“Surprisingly Good” 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 #18 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Surprisingly Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I know - you hear "Cable Car Museum" and your first impulse is to stifle a yawn, but this will fool you.
This is a small museum which includes the actual winding room for all the cables which operate beneath SF, as well as a charming history of the importance of the cable car in the development of the city.
Keep in mind that cable cars exist in no other city on earth, and this is the only place you can absorb the history while the cables whizz by you (at a steady 9.5 mph!).
Take an hour to see this place - the price (free admission) is right and I think you will be very pleasantly surprised!

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“Fun riding the trolley to the museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was a very interesting working museum. Nice that it was free. The gift shop had some really great items. The only negative was that it was a little warm in there but hey, I said it was a working museum!

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“Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Riding the cable cars and seeing the cable car museum was fun. We got to see some great architexture on the buildings and the museum was fun to learn how the cable cars are pulled up the streets. Great way to travel around without having to pay for taxies and buses. Highley recommend doing this the next time you are in San Francisco.

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“Incredibly Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was not one of our "must do's" on our visit to San Francisco but it should have been. The wealth of history knowledge was amazing, as was watching the actual workings of the cable cars. Very well worth a visit

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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“Cable Cars Abound”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great Museum in the heart of San Francisco!! Much information and very interesting details. Went with my family, everyone enjoyed the trip!!!

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