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Cable Car Museum: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nicely laid out. This shows how the Cable Cars actually work and has them in for repairs so is a working museum. Well worth the visit

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank random571
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must see if you really like the history and technical background of the cable cars. Lots of information in a relatively small area, nice shop as well. Free.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MichaelBurm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit if you are really into the mechanical (how things work). Not a priority site in SF, but worth a stop in you have plenty of time during your visit. I found the photos and info about the 1906 earthquake and fire to...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank dfb260
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked back to here after our ride on the Cable Car to Union Square.....lovely place where the cables still look as though they pull the cable cars now. Old cars there to see and a lovely gift shop....and its free to visit !!!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Woody16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must visit for all rail fans out there. The museum give a comprehensive history of the cable cars as well as the city of SF and its politics

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Miusa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After riding the cable cars I highly recommend going to the Cable car museum. This attraction is FREE and you get to see the cables in operation and fully understand the complexity of how the cars operate. The extra you get is an insight into...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank lorriskinner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little museum located in the mechanical room of the cable car system where you can see how they actually work. You will see a few old cable cars, exhibits and old photos of the construction of the system. There is also a small souvenir...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LuckyPierre_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cable car system is well known but to see the engine room and the cables running through the sheaves and how the cable cars pick them up was incredible. If you like to know how things work, it's well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank FlyingTurtle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited when the cable cars were having maintenance completed. It was intriguing to see how things worked. And it is free!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank travelhungry2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can see how the cable cars work. Gives you a better perspective of the drivers and the mechanics of the whole operation. Doesn't take long to go through but would recommend doing it in order to fully appreciate the experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ruth W
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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the
city and is home to amazing architecture and views.
The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for
those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be
rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful
architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated
with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all
were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that
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April 7, 2018|
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Response from okietravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Well worth it! It’s free and interesting!
April 7, 2018|
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Response from yellowpixels | Reviewed this property |
One of the best bargains in SF at no cost ( donations optional). Depending upon the time of day the activity will vary so your time on site is your call. The museum itself is probably a 30 min or so visit. The cable machine... More