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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

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Address: Union Square (under the Dewey Monument statue), San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-644-8513
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Thu 11:00 - 14:00
14:30 - 17:30
Sat 11:00 - 14:00
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Emperor Norton is Walking Encyclopedia

Lengthy, informative, in-depth tour of the heart of San Francisco! Perfect for history lovers! Lots of walking - dress comfortably and don't come hungry.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lengthy, informative, in-depth tour of the heart of San Francisco! Perfect for history lovers! Lots of walking - dress comfortably and don't come hungry.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I participated in 3 walking tours with Emperor Norton and would take more tours if there were such. He has plenty of knowledge about San Francisco and clearly loves this city. He manages to tell its history in an entertaining manner and with a lot of humor. He is also happy to answer all your questions. I highly recommend this... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an opportunity to walk the hills ,hear history and listen to life in 1880. The time machine walk and talk is a great introduction to the area and there is humor to go along. Stories of life then and now keep your interest as well as what SF has to offer to the inquisitive mind. Being water and... More 

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Belmont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though I was born and raised in SF and live down the Peninsula, I still enjoy visiting SF and pretending I am seeing it for the first time. The Emperor Norton tour is an entertaining, informative and fun way to see some of downtown San Francisco. The Emperor has wonderful tidbits about old SF, the Barbary Coast, Chinatown, the... More 

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Thank RosalieBelmont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We went on a morning walking tour of downtown SF with Emperor Norton, who's brimming with historic info about the city and its buildings. He gets into character as what was the real-life Emperor Norton who lived & died in the second half of the 19th century. If he can't answer your question, he'll find the answer--& invites you to... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Joseph Amster's portrayal of Emperor Norton is magnificent and quite entertaining. This "Time Machine" takes you to the beginnings of San Francisco -1880. You will learn fascinating tidbits, walk along a wonder path, and be exposed to early San Francisco. Take the Union Square excursion to see a very unique "Shanghai" location.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

One of the best decisions of my trip to San Francisco last February! I don't want to spoil any details for people who want to try this out, but I am going to say that it was a very interactive and humorous tour. There are lots to learn about SF and hidden gems to discover! The Emperor can also give... More 

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Alamo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Emperor Norton, who was a most fascinating part of San Francisco in its earliest days, comes alive on this highly-entertaining, highly-informative, downtown walking tour. Laughing and learning is what we did for almost three hours with a most charming Emperor Norton in character. We learned more about life in the wildest days of the city than we had in fifty... More 

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Concord, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Emperor Norton gives a great tour. He obviously loves what he does. Have been twice and enjoyed it each time. Hope to do his waterfront tour one day soon

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New Providence, New Jersey
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is such an engaging and amusing on-the-ground stroll through the heart of SF. The "Emperor" takes you places you will never see or hear about from a tour bus, with interesting anecdotes about the history of the city. It is funny seeing the reaction of other people as 'the Emperor" strolls past them. I suggest doing both this tour... More 

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