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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” (137 reviews)
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1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

The museum is free, and can be done in about 30-50 minutes, depending how much you want to read about the cable cars. Historical technology displays are just great!

Thank vaclean
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Reviewed yesterday

We had very limited time to spend here but for no admission charge you don't feel like you have to stay all day. Some interesting displays and a little gift shop but honestly looking at the huge wheels driving the entire city cable car system...More

Thank johnthedentist64
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed the exhibits. Were here over an hour reading and taking pictures. Great gift shop, I bought several things. We were exhausted after our climb up the Hill, so took the cable car back down to the turnaround. Lots of fun!

Thank CindyLu's N
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Captivating, unique, and fun!!!! I would come back in a heartbeat I had so much fun! Be sure to ride a Cable Car afterwards for the full experience!!! Easily a 10/10

Thank McKinley S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Near Chinatown! There's a very cute cafe right across from it and the museum itself is very informative. I was unfortunately rushed through it because of the company I went with but it definitely gave me a different perspective on the cable cars in San...More

Thank Beryan M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of the only free museums in San Francisco. It is the barn where the cable cars turn around, get maintenance and the cables run 24 hours a day. It is a small museum but worth the visit. The upper floor has some...More

Thank Christine P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Maybe many years ago it was kind of interesting for me but after I started taking my trips to Jerusalem , Paris , Amsterdam. Edinburgh , Haarlem and the Fjords of Norway I lost all interest in a old cable car barn and a hundred...More

Thank Grant G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s Free! We also learned quite a lot about the history of the Cable Car and how they work. So glad we made the stop.

Thank Aaron N
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I wanted to like this as I usually like “how things work” exhibits. This one does “how it works” circa 1991. The lower sheaves viewing area needs lighting further back into the sheave area to better appreciate the scale. Exhibits are mostly static in need...More

1  Thank wmalueg
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This a great museum dedicated to the cable car in San Francisco. We enjoyed leaning about the history and how they work.

Thank JSIEGELUF
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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
7 April 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
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