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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great way to view live operations of the historic cable car. Parking was hard to find but it would be easier if you take the cable car as there is a stop right outside of the museum.

Thank Wenyager
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a marvellous combination of museum and operating powerhouse.

With great brick work and a chimney of the former steam powered system reduced in height by the 1906 earthquake, the Powell Hyde car passes by it.

Up to 6 miles of cable are activated from here, with motors, large wheels continuously whirring, gears, gear reducers and cable sheaves.

Downstairs is to be seen where the cables leave the building entering under the streets to do their magic.

Well documented are the public campaigns between 1947 and 1954 to retain some of the cable cars, from the original 23 lines. Fortunately for us today, they were successful.

Thank permia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very interesting time here seeing the history of the cable cars.
Also great to be able to see the actual mechanism driving the whole system.
Finished off by a great cable car ride back to the city centre.

Thank DevonSeven
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Reviewed 1 week ago

well worth the visit. The history of the cars and shows the actual workign cables for the current cars, interesting. ALSO their merchandise souvenirs are cheaper than most places in san frn. bonus.

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a bit of spare time in San Francisco, than this free Museum is worth a visit. You only need to spend about 30 minutes here, but it has some great history on the use of cable cars and San Francisco in general.

All the cables for the cable cars feed in here and it is a short (but steep) walk from Union Square.

They also have a good gift and souvenir shop.

Thank Jason S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this little museum and it's amazing that the trolleys still run through the cables inside this museum! totally unbelievable and a lot of history.

Thank grandelourdes
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have done the Cable Cars, why not visit the museum? It's great to see how it all works and if you go downstairs see where the lines go in different directions. Upstairs watch the motors that drive the cables for the different routes of the city. They are quite mesmerizing!!!
Go round the rest of the museum a see how a Cable Car works. See the different styles of Car and go through the history of the city, when Cable Cars were everywhere and how earthquakes have reshaped the Cable Car routes!

1  Thank ian1811
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cable car museum is a must see. There is lots of cool information and stuff to see. The thing I liked best was seeing the cables that run under the streets of the city. You actually get to see a guy that works there and has to check the cables. He puts a mark on the cable and then watches it until the mark comes back around. This way they keep track condition of the cable. Its very cool

Thank CrystalA475
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While riding around on the cable cars make sure and step off at the cable car museum. Admission is free and you will learn how the system works and see first hand how the cables are run beneath the city streets. There are very informative displays throughout the museum and you can stand on the balcony and watch the massive machinery that drives the cables. There is a nice gift shop with all sorts of cool memorabilia. So take it in. It is a good stop for the whole family.

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Cable Car Museum as part of the San Francisco City Tour. Very interesting place. If you are a history buff or not, you will enjoy this cable car journey through time.

Thank Cookie059
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