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Wells Fargo History Museum

420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104-1207
+1 415-396-2619
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Excellent museum

Not knowing much about the history of this company, this free museum was very interesting and was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ros_Mel2014
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Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Best free museum

Sit inside a real stagecoach and discover what transport and communication was like in the old Wild... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Peter B
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Prestatyn, Wales, United Kingdom
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Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum depicts Wells Fargo's important role in the California Gold Rush, San Francisco history, stagecoach travel in early California and the settlement of the American West. Visitors of all ages can enjoy fun interactive exhibits which include a stagecoach "ride experience," operating vintage banking machines, a working telegraph, videos and authentic artifacts such as an original 1868 stagecoach, historic coins, currency, maps, and photographs. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free.
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420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104-1207
Financial District
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not knowing much about the history of this company, this free museum was very interesting and was well presented. Lots of great historical items and information. Interesting videos as well.

Thank Ros_Mel2014
Reviewed 4 days ago

Sit inside a real stagecoach and discover what transport and communication was like in the old Wild West. Send telegraphs in morse code across the room to a friend. Have a photo of your face printed on a bank note! Lots of fascinating and interesting...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Wells Fargo is in the news...but the museum is, honestly, quite interesting. A Mini California experience.

Thank Kerry D
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Very interesting little museum spanning the entire history of Wells Fargo. The museum exhibits are quite interactive (e.g., try your hands at using a telegraph, ride a stage coach replica, operate a mechanical calculator), which makes the history really come alive. There is enough to...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We really enjoyed walking around the financial district. It was cool to discover a grove of redwood trees planted near the TransAmerica building and then heartbreaking to see the homeless people camped out in the parks while people hustled back and forth in their fancy...More

Thank clemmy33
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Want to know a bit about the role of Wells Fargo in the Gold Rush? This is the place to come. There's a lot of information packed into quite a small space and none the worse for that. I've been in museums that seem to...More

Thank IanfaeAiberdeen
Reviewed 6 June 2017

...or maybe most can't comprehend or appreciate the days when Wells Fargo was the link that communicated you to the rest of the world, as it was defined back then. The Concord Stagecoach is on display. It brought you mail. It brought you a bride....More

Thank differentname
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This was a real find; we had an hour or so to kill and this place ticked the box. There are plenty of touchy feely exhibits and we both learned a lot about the history of the bank.The stage coach ride should not be missed!

1  Thank CaravannersDandK
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

An excellent small museum and it's free. Well worth a visit. There are a lot of exhibits including a mock up of the inside of a carriage and morse code simulators. You are allowed to touch a surprising amount of the exhibits. Well worth a...More

1  Thank 842JohnF
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We really thought this was very interesting and quite alot of fun. I think you all would enjoy your time there. Go and appreciate the wild wild west!

Thank 4JMP
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