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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“inner workings” (69 reviews)
“learn how” (66 reviews)
“gift shop” (128 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stumbled across this museum and we're very impressed. It's free and doesn't take too long although all the exhibits are very interesting. It's where they power the cable cars so that adds to the level of interest. Definitely worth going to.

Thank Ros_Mel2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

The best bargain in San Francisco. This is the actual powerhouse for the cables themselves,all viewed from a balcony above the actual works. There is a good bit of other cable car memorabilia as well as lots of informative signs explaining how it all works....More

Thank ChowHound2015
Reviewed 3 days ago

The cable car museum is great for learning about the history of cable cars. I learned so much. My husband loved seeing how the cables are pulled through the streets and how it all works. It does smell like grease in the museum because it...More

Thank reneeteach
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting to see how the cable cars actually work. The history presented was very interesting to me. I really enjoyed this attraction. It was free but I did make a donation since I liked it so much. Even took pictures and video to send...More

Thank IllinoisMrsZ
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you like able cars and are interested to learn how they work you should visit. You can see the cables that are running under the lines. Also you learn how they work

Thank gemmapj
Reviewed 4 days ago

This free museum gives an overview of the history of cable cars, how they work and views of the running cables.

Thank FamilyVacation2014
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I didn't realize that the cable car museum was also the place that housed the cables that ran the cable cars around the city. Very interesting to see and read about the history. Worth checking out plus it's free!

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 5 days ago

A real must for anyone visiting San Francisco and riding the famous cable cars. The museum is sited in the actual building where the cables are driven under the streets. Answered many of my questions about the engineering and logistics of such a complex system...More

Thank Michaeloc2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed learning all about the history of the cable cars in San Francisco . Free entry but does not open until 10.am ...so no rush . Spent and interesting hour examining the exhibits. love history and this was a very good insight into an iconic...More

Thank flynnybucks
Reviewed 1 week ago

cable car is so unique and this is the place to learn everything about it. mt teen girl spent quite bit time to read all display. it was fun!

Thank Feng L
Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the
city and is home to amazing architecture and views.
The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for
those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be
rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful
architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated
with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all
were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that
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