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San Francisco Railway Museum

77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
+1 415-974-1948
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I don't understand why this place has such a high rating

The place is not even a size of a coffee shop, too small to call a museum. My 4 yr old went to the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Take your kids!

The trolleys in San Fran are amazing! No lines like the cable cars, different paint schemes... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique streetcars and national landmark cable cars that regularly run along the city's main arteries, and how rail transportation shaped development of the city. The museum is located at the Steuart Street F-line stop, half a block south of Market St., catty-corner from the Ferry Building, and only steps away from the California St. Cable Car terminal. Admission to the museum is free.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
+1 415-974-1948
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The place is not even a size of a coffee shop, too small to call a museum. My 4 yr old went to the end and ask me where is the museum. I also don't understand why they still can afford an ad on the...More

Thank Carol0143
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trolleys in San Fran are amazing! No lines like the cable cars, different paint schemes recognizing different cities..it's fun just to see which one you get to ride hon! Take the F Line trolley to this tiny museum and gift shop. It's free and...More

Thank TheHuDonalds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are into trams, take the F streetcar (they have cars from a number of different cities and we rode on cars from Milan and San Diego) to this little, free museum. If it's quiet (it was when we were there), a very knowledgeable...More

Thank IanfaeAiberdeen
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

This free museum tells you the history of the railways ( trams for the Europeans reading this) in San Francisco, it is located just opposite the ferry building and very easy to find The staff were very friendly and although it won't take you long...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

This is a combination store and museum. They have interesting exhibits and very unique items for sale. Fabulous photos showing the history of public transportation in San Francisco. It is a great little spot. It's free. They ask for your donations. You can find some...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed April 30, 2017

Very interesting little museum although it was more of a gift shop. The attendant was able to answer numerous questions and it was well worth the short visit. We purchased a book that listed all of the historical San Francisco Streetcars. We found it fascinating...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed April 23, 2017

This gem features the HOW of the magical little cable cars. You feel as if you are inside Mr. Roger's Neighborhood's railway system seeing how it all works. GREAT history, easy to get to, fun, nice and noisy and a touch dangerous to see all...More

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
Reviewed March 24, 2017

The museum covers the history of public transportation in San Francisco with special emphasis on trolley's. The exhibits are very informative. Although it is supposed to be open continuously, there was a 'back at 2;30 sign posted when we arrived after lunch. Waited around and...More

Thank cgny1fwd
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

This unassuming museum turns out to be a great place to take a young kid. Their stationary streetcar lends itself to play acting as a streetcar driver -- my daughter loved the controls, especially the footbell -- don't miss it! There's coloring too. And for...More

Thank Elon D
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

I popped in after jumping off the F line. First of all it is free which was a bonus although a donation is recommended. Although small there is a lot of information and I found it very interesting. The lady in the museum was really...More

Thank Chris H
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restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call
this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized
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