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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104-1207
Phone Number: +1 415-396-2619
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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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Great place to spend a few hours

I happened by this place after hours one night and made a point to return. I was not disappointed. So many interesting things to see and very educational. You can sit in a mock up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 3, 2016
Anthony B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

I happened by this place after hours one night and made a point to return. I was not disappointed. So many interesting things to see and very educational. You can sit in a mock up of a stage coach, and learn how to drive the horses. You can use a telegraph and try your hand at morse code. Many interesting... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

We have stopped in here 3 times over the years on vacations to SF. Lots of western history presented in an easy to understand way. A couple of short films, two stagecoaches, and lots of interesting displays. Well worth your time to find and enjoy.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

I work around the corner from this and it was such a delight to find. Many hands-on exhibits and opportunities to learn. There is gold rush history, history of their stagecoaches and more. Located on the original HQ of Wells Fargo in SF.

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Thank Harpskii
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

I had a few hours to kill on my last day and found this lovely museum by chance which has free entry, interactive and excellent exhibits, suitable for adults and children, very interesting. Located in the heart of the financial district. Well worth an hour of your time to learn some history in a fun way.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

We spent well over an hour here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The curator was friendly, enthusiastic and keen to answer any questions. The interactive exhibits are not just for children, we adults had fun with them and also learned lots in the process.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This is a gem of a little museum and well worth seeking out and it's free. For the size of the place, it has more than its fair share of interactive exhibits. One of the highlights has to be getting your face printed on 'money'.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

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 bubbles 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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