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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 415 474 1887
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway...

A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.

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Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch
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Definitely worth a stop in to see!

The museum is free and absolutely worth a stop in to see how cable cars work. It's really unique and interesting to learn the history. The machinery in the building is really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum is free and absolutely worth a stop in to see how cable cars work. It's really unique and interesting to learn the history. The machinery in the building is really powering the cars! You can get on any of the cable cars here...BUT BE SURE which direction they're headed! We got on the wrong way and it's not... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see! You can walk in (free), and see the machinery to keeps the cable cars moving. There is a small gift shop, and restrooms, as well. My kids were mesmerized by it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting sneak peak into the workings of the SF Cable Car system. Think kids would enjoy seeing it. It is a free attraction, a little hidden away at Nob Hill. If you catch a cable car up to the Fairmont Hotel it is an uneasy downhill walk from there. Good opportunity for photos with vintage cable cars.

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Thank SteveandSonya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Free to get in and its not just a small museum you can see the actual machinery powering the cables that move the cable cars.

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Ogden, UT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was interesting to see how the cable cars run. I didn't realize they were almost all taken away for Buses! Thank goodness for some good citizens that kept them going. This is a free quick museum that was fun to see.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a great way to learn the history of the cable cars. It was free but you can leave a donation.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent compact exposition, explaining how the cable cars operate, and telling the history of San Francisco's system. You get to see how the system works and operates.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's an incredible free museum for anybody who's interested in how the cable car system in San Francisco works. Don't expect that you'll spend more than an hour or so here, but it's worth it!

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West Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum takes you inside of the cable car "power plant", you actually see what makes them move. The museum also gives visitors a history of SF cable cars - all for free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take a detour out of Chinatown to this free museum at the hub of the cable car routes. It will take less than an hour to go round this museum even if you read most of the blurb on the exhibits. Make sure you watch the video at the end of the main floor. Then suddenly you will go -... More 

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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 followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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