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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.
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
+1 415-474-1887
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited on our last morning in San Francisco. The museum is free to enter. Its also the winding house for the whole cable car system so you can see the cables running round enormous wheels. There are old cable cars there to look at...More

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is actually part of the cable car system as the cables are driven continuously under streets. You can see it work in real-time. The museum is also a historical record place, but to see and hear the system work is simple amazing.

Thank William S
Reviewed 3 days ago

While on our Segway tour, we took a break and visited the Cable Car Museum on Mason Street. It was fascinating to see the actual cables in use for the cable car system. If you walk downstairs you will see the huge sheaves operating the...More

Thank Patty1123
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is exciting to see the giant Victorian wheels that direct the cables that run the cable cars on their routes, just as they did in the beginning. It is time travel at its best. And there is also a museum with information about the...More

Thank PattyofStJoe
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's definitely worth a visit and it's free!! It's really interesting. Doesn't take longer than an hour but it gives a great overview of this system.

Thank CazTKent
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum is also a display of the still-in-use mechanism that runs all the cable cars in San Francisco. It was really cool to see! Since the machines are in operation they produce quite a bit of noise. Had I known this beforehand I would...More

Thank Hanna A
Reviewed 6 days ago

What better than to take the cable car to the cable car museum. The technology and history behind the cars is all there. Plush it's a working junction point. Great for all ages

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free museum situated in the Nob Hill district of San Franscisco. See the historical workings of the cable cars and read the Explanations of the workings. Souvenir shop on site.

Thank Angelangel1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by the museum because it was recommended by a friend. My son loves trains and all forms of transportation and he was excited to see how the cable cars work.

Thank Shaqwanna M
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are old cable cars and equipment on display. Maps of the four cable runs, samples of new cable and worn cable. Examples of how the operator grabs the cable and releases it. There are several photo op locations. Really interesting is that you can...More

Thank TomA15
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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