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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
+1 415-474-1887
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US$ 234.88*
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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

OK, I'm fascinated by technology so I'm a little biased but this museum is up there at the top of my list. It houses the mechanism that powers all four remaining cable car lines in San Francisco and explains the operation via an extensive series...More

Thank IanfaeAiberdeen
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great stop while out sightseeing in SF. Hope on a cable car and hope off at the Museum, spend an hour and hope back on a cable car. Seeing the cables travel though the giant pulleys and back under the streets is...More

Thank Rod L
Reviewed 5 days ago

A cool place that shows the history and how cable cars work. great for kids, especially those intrigued with engineering. Best part was it was free!

Thank Chygrl
Reviewed 6 days ago

Andrew Halladie, inventor, saw a poor horse beiing pulled down steep Nob Hill and decided to invent a new means of transport. The Cable Car ( not trolley) has been a fixure of fun and transport.

Thank Kerry D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are near Nob Hill, make sure you have a look through this free attraction in Mason St. You stand overlooking the engine room of the operation surprised to realise that the four large cable wheels are allocated to different streets which are displayed...More

Thank John491
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I saw the Cable Car Museum a second time, he enjoyed the first visit several years ago. It definitely explained the history of Cable Cars in San Francisco, and had an actual view of the cables as they pulled the cars along...More

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum explains the full history of the cable cars and their raise to fame within San Francois. There is also in-depth explanation about the engineering side of the operation and you can see all the workings of it's activity running within the building. Well...More

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Thank Lyndsay F
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a surprise to find that the lower level of the museum is actually the motors & "pulleys" that operate the cable cars - it is a bit noisy & there is a fairly strong oil smell - the museum offers a good history...More

Thank tokane1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Other reviewers have covered the positives...great exhibits and documentation of this mode of transport, including its salvaging from near abandonment a couple decades ago. Was gonna post a pic of the sheaves, but Michael T already posted an excellent one. Any gearheads out there, check...More

Thank Nutria2008
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this when walking to Lombard Street the hilly way!! It's free entrance and you can see the actual wheels that drive the old cable cars in the street, there is a really good video and also documented history of the cable cars. I'm not...More

Thank Karenhilder
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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