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Wells Fargo History Museum

Opens in 1 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Absorbing history of early banking and postal carriage pioneers

So much of the pioneering carriage and postal developments are encapsulated in the museum... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
A Museum-Quality StageCoach!

This a a free exhibit which is worth a visit if only to see the stage coach close-up. There are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harry W
San Francisco, California
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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...more
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420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104-1207
Financial District
+1 415-396-2619
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Walked 20 minutes to this museum, only to discover it was closed. We came during normal weekday hours, so there was no reason for it not to be open, and their website said open 9 to 3. Very unprofessional, Wells Fargo!

Thank unicorn3
Reviewed 5 days ago

So much of the pioneering carriage and postal developments are encapsulated in the museum artifacts. In 1852 Wells and Fargo, who founded American Express, formed the eponymous banking company. Some years later they were instrumental in the operation of the Western segments of the Pony...More

Thank permia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This a a free exhibit which is worth a visit if only to see the stage coach close-up. There are other things to view including coinage from the 1800's, various safe-boxes used to ship valuables on the stage, and lots of explanations of how Wells...More

Thank Harry W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little museum showing the days past of Wells Fargo. We really enjoyed a look around. Our little boy particularly liked the stage coach.

Thank phillipdownham
Reviewed 1 week ago

Way back in 1852, Henry Wells and William Fargo founded a company to provide transport and banking services - something any Fan of "Western" movies can surely relate to, as they see Stagecoaches, "Pony Express" Depots, and other images of those days when transport of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its sometimes surprising what you can see at no cost. This is a great little museum. I was amazed at how many people were actually carried in/on an original stagecoach!

Thank DevonSeven
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great little museum! We'd spent time in the city so many times in the past ten years and never bothered to visit , but don't miss this if you have any interest in American history. It is well organised, full of information...More

Thank kristineclark
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

The exhibition was highly interactive. For example: I got to print a $5 note with my own photo on it. I got to interact with a few touch screens. No entrance fee was required and there was a tiny gift shop.

Thank Bestlambert
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

This museum is free to enter and has a good amount of information on the early days of San Francisco and the roll Wells Fargo played in the stage coach and gold rush days. It’s a great time filler if your in the area, and...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed September 28, 2018

Lots of interesting information about the history of San Francisco and how Wells Fargo developed during and after the Gold Rush. Would be a good place to take children as there were various interactive exhibits.

Thank SheilaH1481
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Financial District
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,
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