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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” (71 reviews)
“learn how” (67 reviews)
“gift shop” (138 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
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"inner workings"
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"learn how"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I always bring my friends to visit here. It’s fascinating to see the actual cables running underground.

Thank lindahau
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Cable Car Museum is free. A great place for the family to go and learn about transportation history in the area. The Cable Car Museum houses a collection of historic cable cars, photographs, mechanical displays and gift shop run by the Friends of the...More

Thank jcwbesq
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I popped in while walking around the city and this place it very cool. They have all the giant gears that operate the cable cars, the history of the cars, and did I mention it was free? Great to see random interesting things like this...More

1  Thank Dean_likes_travel
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Makes you understand and appreciate the history and the engineering of these cars. Amazing invention.

Thank ZoeyK5505
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Reviewed 5 days ago

See exactly how the cable cars work and have worked for the years. Go down to the lower level and see the wheels and cable and then go back into the road and see what is visible to the public! Realy interesting and its free!

Thank ChurtSunseeker
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is worth taking some time to stop at the museum and see the workings that go on under your feet, to keep the trams functioning.

Thank Glen S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Free to visit and is worth a look. Houses lots of machinery, very informative and interesting. Good place to go on a rainy day.

1  Thank denisecrawford11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my young nephews here and they were both fascinated with the technology and how it all worked. This was a number of years ago but it is still a great place and you can travel there on the cable car.

Thank Diane L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see what it takes to actually run a cable car in a city. It's free and won't take a huge amount of time. However, your time will be well spent.

Thank SF94114
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After riding on a few of the cable cars(get an outside seat or hang on to the outside!!) How do they get the energy to move? What happens when 2 lines cross each other? Do the cables wear out? Visit the museum to actually SEE...More

Thank Ron S
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Garytseng888
7 April 2018|
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Response from okietravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Well worth it! It’s free and interesting!
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Garytseng888
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Response from yellowpixels | Reviewed this property |
One of the best bargains in SF at no cost ( donations optional). Depending upon the time of day the activity will vary so your time on site is your call. The museum itself is probably a 30 min or so visit. The cable machine... More
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