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“A Very Interesting Living Museum”
Review of Cable Car Museum

Cable Car Museum
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$40.00*
and up
Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch
Ranked #17 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Having spent two days in San Francisco hearing the wirring noise under our feet near the cable car tracks it was fascinating to visit the museum where you can also see the working machinery that keeps the cable cars moving. Not only does it provide an insight into the cable cars you see on the streets today, particulary what the gripman does to drive the car, but you can read about and see the history behind the cable cars and how they evolved in San Francisco.

We walked there from our hotel on Bush Street and it's up hill! We combined the visit with a day walking around (or rather up and down) the streets of San Francisco, and a fascinating day it was.

However, the best way to get there is by cable car, either the Powell-Mason or Powell-Hyde cable car lines that stop at the musuem. We did get an unlimited travel pass but for another day. Not only does this pass give you unlimited travel on the cable cars (which is very expensive otherwise - $6 per person were trip) but also on other public transport (which is normally $2 per trip though you can get a trasnfer pass from one bus that gives you free travel on the bus you are transferring to) and we rode the f-line and the other buses. Buses and trams are vey frequent and the best way of seeing the city.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you want to see the inner workings of the cable car system in the city, this is well worth the fee admission. It doesn't take very long and is along the cable car lines. You get to see how it all works and you would be amazed. It only takes about an hour, but if you like behind the scenes stuff and to see how things work, check it out.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

I have been to San Francisco on an number of occasions and also used the cable cars. But not until now, when visiting the Cable Car Museum, I have fully understood how it works.

Thank Anders B
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We found ourselves walking by so we dropped in. Interesting history of the cable cars PLUS the earthquake & fire in 1906. We wandered around for a while, it's small , visited the gift shop and made a donation to keep it going. Worth the stop if you are in the neighborhood.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Even us ole locals love a cable car ride. This is still one of the best features of San Francisco. The Museum tells a story of 'as much as things change, they still remain the same"!

Thank KellyJK
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