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Cable Car Museum

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Address: 1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
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+1 415-474-1887
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway...

A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.

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A great place to visit if you want to understand how the metros are moved With cable Central machine room

Reviewed 1 week ago
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to visit if you want to understand how the metros are moved With cable Central machine room

Thank Nico L
Midway, Utah
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into how things work, this is absolutely fascinating. You get to see how the cables travel below street level and how the cable cars function. A mechanical wonder to see and it's free.

Thank Lynn J
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A short walk here after visiting the Fortune Cookie Factory. It's free, and a nice place for a little rest. The huge wheels that pull the cables for the cars are on full display, and you can walk down the stairs and see the underground portion. We all enjoyed it (adults & kids). Hopped a cable car just up the... More 

Thank Wendy B
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A free museum in San Francisco and full of history! Noisy because the cables running all the city's cable cars still run under and through this museum every day. Amazing! Cable cars and this particular building are part of the life blood of this city and a must see for all visitors. Easily accessed by cable car and a short... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This s a free museum where you can learn about the history of the cable cars in San Francisco and also see some of the inner workings of the system as there are active cables running through the building as well which is pretty cool. It does not take more than an hour or so to see everything and it's... More 

Thank Nick G
Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fascinating place, this museum turned out to be. I was doing the "tourist thing" by having a ride on of the three cable car routes, and the car stopped about three quarters of the way through the ride, and everybody had to disembark. Not knowing SF at all, I was unsure of which direction I needed to go... More 

Thank David C
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I tried to find this a few years ago with our sons and were unable to locate it, but this time we SCORED! Not only was the price right, Free, but we also had an enjoyable time reading about the history of the cars and seeing how they work. This is not a hands on museum and... More 

Thank ellen d
san francisco, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is well worth a relatively brief visit to get an idea of what tugs the marvelous cable cars up the famous hills of San Francisco. Plus it's free. Kids would love it.

Thank chinadochill
Clemson, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum! Can watch the cables work in two sections - above and below ground. Great explanation of how they work as well as the history (development and demise) of the cable car system. Spent about two hours here. Best to arrive early to beat the crowds.

Thank JRR057
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After walking up Nob Hill and visiting the Cathedral, we have lunch then decided to visit this lovely museum. Amazing to watch the mechansim of the cable cars, learn the history and science behind what makes this all possible. A must-see for science, engineering and history lovers.

Thank Margaret F

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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 followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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