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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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The iconic San Francisco cable car becomes even more amazing once your stop here to see what's "underneath the hood." Make sure to include this in your visit to San Francisco. You... read more

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Pewaukee, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The iconic San Francisco cable car becomes even more amazing once your stop here to see what's "underneath the hood." Make sure to include this in your visit to San Francisco. You can ride a cable car and get off right out front of the museum; couldn't be any easier or more interesting.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you liked riding a cable car you will love the behind the scenes look at how they work. It is amazing how much cable is cruising along under the streets. The museum is free and has a lot of interesting history about the cars and the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The whole family enjoyed this little museum. You can see the actual cables that are pulling the cars rotating. The kids loved seeing how it worked - and its free!

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Saanen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a museum which is free and it is absolutely worth it to go and visit. There you will see how the first cable cars were used and also how the whole cable car system in San Francisco works.

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Rennes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a really interesting place to see! I learnt things I didn't know, and quite impressive things! You can go there just before going to Chinatown, it's not far at all, and you won't loose your time! Furthermore, it's not taking a lot of time to see everything there...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are going to ride the cars you definitely learn about how the run and work as well as the history behind them. It was really cool to view the cables running under the crossroads

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the best museum for all ages. AND IT'S FREE!!! Kids love it, grown men love it, ladies love it. Across the street is a great coffee shop too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For first time visitors or currently new locals, here is a freebie. Everybody rides the Cable Cars but few know the history or how these cars work. We discovered this museum down from the Mark Hopkins and tucked away by China town. The history of the cars is rich in telling of old San Francisco streets and the power of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved my visit to the cable car museum! You only need 30-45mins but definitely worth it. Really interesting to read about the history of the cable cars. Not just history though, you see the real cables moving to pull the cars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you (or your kids) are interested in cable cars, this is a must see. The fascinating below-the-street view of how the legendary SF icon works. An actual functioning site and workshop. No admission (make sure to leave a contribution if you enjoy it) and won't consume a lot of time. Well worth a visit!

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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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