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Cable Car Museum: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed yesterday

I had never thought about how cable cars worked, the reason they existed or how they fit into the history of transportation, but found all the information really interesting. The best part is that it is a working facility and the cables for all the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank nightowl205
Reviewed yesterday

We were really surprised to find that it was free to enter. Very informative, lots of photos and pictures of the 1906 earthquake devastation. Most amazing was to see the cables running which are still used to drive the cars. It was a real eye-opener...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Elaine_Exmoor
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the actual "wheelhouse" powering the tram cable system. If you are interested in how things work, it's a must see. You get a good look at the full workings of the engines that drive the system as well as a good view of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Michael B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Free museum that houses the cable car power and wheel house. Displays cover the history and workings of the cable cars and how they went into decline after the earthquake and fire of 1906. Well worth 15 or 20 minutes.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank D3764PUstevec
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the more fascinating places to visit in SF. Seeing the cable system in working action as well as so much history and information on the cable cars is a valuable use of one’s time. It’s in an interesting part of The...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank DanW440
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the points in SF you need to know. There is a good explanation of how the cable car system works and the museum is part of it, ie you see the thing working in real time. In addition, the entrance is free. For...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small free museum but shows clearly how the cable cars work and you can see the actual cables coming into the power house for all the cable cars in the city. After your visit get a coffee from Coffee Movement just down...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MargeEngland
Reviewed 1 week ago

A museum but also the central operation for the cable cars! great to see the whirling wheels and continuous cables.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Neil B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not just a museum, but you see the actual workings of the cable cars! It's small so it doesn't take long to see everything, maybe half an hour, but SO worth the visit!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank rdlstl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this small museum and saw workings of the actual cables in motion. The explanations of the mechanics of the cables, system and cars are easily understood. The stories and history is very interesting. As my husband is an engineer, we spent a little...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Deb K
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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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April 7, 2018|
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Response from okietravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Well worth it! It’s free and interesting!
April 7, 2018|
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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