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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94163
Phone Number: 14153962619
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum...

Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum depicts Wells Fargo's important role in the California Gold Rush, San Francisco history, stagecoach travel in early California and the settlement of the American West. Visitors of all ages can enjoy fun interactive exhibits which include a stagecoach "ride experience," operating vintage banking machines, a working telegraph, videos and authentic artifacts such as an original 1868 stagecoach, historic coins, currency, maps, and photographs. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free.

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Amazing little museum

Manages to pack 150+ yrs of history of Wells, Fargo & Co, as well as the City of San Francisco and Gold Rush, into a small 2 story space. Excellent exhibits, hand-on things... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Scientist2011
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Manages to pack 150+ yrs of history of Wells, Fargo & Co, as well as the City of San Francisco and Gold Rush, into a small 2 story space. Excellent exhibits, hand-on things (great for kids), and friendly staff.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the financial district, Wells Fargo Bank offers a two-level museum that shows highlights of the gold rush era in California and the establishment of transportation and communication in what was wildnerness in the mid to late 1800's. Mr. Wells and Mr. Fargo of New York started American Express and the overland stagecoach/mail service Wells-Fargo. The actual stagecoach from the... More 

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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with our two sons in the 20s and they had a ball with the pong game while we walked around more and enjoyed the exhibits. This is free, so if you're in the area, check it out. We enjoyed looking at the stage coach and learning about the history and construction of it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This is obviously a huge PR item for Wells Fargo but it's still quite interesting nonetheless. You get the history of Wells Fargo, some insight in to the Well Fargo stagecoach runs, the California gold rush, and the economic expansion of California. I never realized that Wells Fargo and American Express shared common corporate ancestry. Be sure to watch the... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

This isn't a full-blown museum but a kind of greatly expanded lobby exhibit for the Wells Fargo Bank. With films, blowup photos, maps, and other devices, It recites the bank's origins in a straightforward and interesting way, and includes many artifacts from the Wild West era, including an actual horse-drawn coach. Some attention is given to the personal aspects of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The ubiquitous Wells Fargo Stage Coach highlights this downtown (Montgomery Street) museum of the history of the Bay Area back to the Gold Rush era & does so appropriately!

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Winter Garden, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

This is a great little museum and it's free. There is a stage coach on display and another one that you can sit in and even sit on the front and hold the reigns. The lady working there was very helpful and was taking everyone's pictures in the stage coach. There are displays on the gold rush and the routes... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

A place where you can experience the cradle like movement of a stagecoach, while hearing the words of Mark Twain and others referring their own experiences more than one hundred years ago. Nicely displayed, the history of those journeys, the bandits and all that

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Central Coast California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Ok, if I had to pay for this museum I wouldn't have rated it so highly. However, in an expensive city, this is a gem for a family. Small, but if you are in the financial district, pop in. The kids can jump in a stage coach and see how small it was especially when you are told 9 people... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Interesting to learn about the beginnings of this banking behemoth, and so much of the story of the Old Wild West. Bring the kids!

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The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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