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Cable Car Museum

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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“inner workings” (71 reviews)
“learn how” (67 reviews)
“gift shop” (139 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
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"inner workings"
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Reviewed yesterday

Walk right into the Cable Car Museum at 1201 Mason St, corner of Washington Street, between San Francisco's Chinatown and Nob Hill. You'll see the very cool barn powerhouse, the museum deck which overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the actual cables...More

Thank Melanie J
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Reviewed yesterday

This is actually the main station for the cable car system in San Francisco. Truly fascinating to see how it's all done. It's free, and provides a clear understanding of this incredible feat of engineering.

Thank Jerry_jkelmo
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's free and if you are deeply interested, you can spend an hour here looking at old photos and reading the history of the cable car: implementation, expansion, technology, and preservation in San Fran. Real exhibits (antique cable car) to sit in, a viewing area...More

Thank Canucksontheloose
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Reviewed 2 days ago

its a good place to go for a hour or two to find out how it works on cable route to fishermans wharf

Thank peter h
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to learn why they used cable cars and how they work, come here. This is the building into which all the cables come to be wound by the engines. it is also where they store the cable cars at night, so all...More

Thank barbarasT9423IB
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Since we had the all day pass for $22 we decided to stop at this museum this time. It was worth the stop. Lots of history and mechanics about the cable cars and the San Fran Fire of 1906. Plus there are great restrooms here...More

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum is interesting but it will only take you about 30 minutes to see everything. There are old cable cars and you can see the actual wheels turning while visiting.

Thank cameratotnmamma
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What an interesting museum. Well it is a museum, but it actually houses all the working parts of the actual cable cars. I mean you are looking at the cable that runs the cars around town. Lots of history and information on how the cars...More

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my second time visiting and I still loved it. That this is the operating heart of the famous cable cars really wows me. It’s amazing to see these machines that date from the end of the 19th century still operating the cable cars....More

Thank Stephen D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This working museum gives you an appreciation for the engineering to put this together over 120 years ago. You get a full understanding of how the system works.

Thank Freedom50plus
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Garytseng888
April 7, 2018|
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Response from okietravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Well worth it! It’s free and interesting!
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Garytseng888
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
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