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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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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If you ride the Cable Cars and want to learn about them and the history and how they work then you will need to visit the museum

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hollywood, Florida
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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you ride the Cable Cars and want to learn about them and the history and how they work then you will need to visit the museum

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went here not knowing what to expect. Outside it smelled like a machineworkshop so it made me wonder what was inside. Apparently this houses the active cablecar machinery! Very impressive to see! A great piece of ingenuity.

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was an interesting visit and well worth the time. It would be a good pace for kids to see large equipment in acion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This free museum will give you all the information you need to see how the cable car system works. They are also the huge cable lines for all of the cars. Great

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled across this whilst casually wandering about, and waited until 10am for the museum to open to visit. It's free to enter and there is no pressure to put anything in the donation box. Fascinating viewing area which shows the cables being operated for the cable cars (trams) actually operating. There are many photos and visual aids to show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free admission. Lots of historical info. Of course, there is a souvenir shop but on the side, not by the exit and tourist trap items are priced reasonably.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This small museum in the building which operates the cable cars shows their history and you get to see the machinery actually running the cars as the travel through the city. It doesn't take long to go around but provides a good insight to how they work. The free entry was a surprising bonus. A worthwhile visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit. The history is interesting but seeing the actual cable system is quite amazing. Don't miss the historical pictures on the walls and take your picture seated in the mock cable car.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must, even my wife found this interesting. The smell is magnificent warm oil and wood. Apart from the actual machinery there is a small exhibition that let's you understand how it works and the history. On top of of all it is FREE.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With everything in California seemingly costing an arm and a leg, it was indeed a surprise to find free entry tho this museum. in addition to being able to try and understand how the Cable Cars worked, you could actually see the existing machinery working the three lines. Not overly fancy but well worth a half-hour of your time.

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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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