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San Francisco Railway Museum

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Address: 77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105-1237
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+1 415-974-1948
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10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique...

The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique streetcars and

national landmark cable cars that regularly run along the city's main arteries, and how rail transportation shaped development of the city. The museum is located at the Steuart Street F-line stop, half a block south of Market St., catty-corner from the Ferry Building, and only steps away from the California St. Cable Car terminal. Admission to the museum is free.

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3-year-old loved it

This unassuming museum turns out to be a great place to take a young kid. Their stationary streetcar lends itself to play acting as a streetcar driver -- my daughter loved the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Elon D
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum covers the history of public transportation in San Francisco with special emphasis on trolley's. The exhibits are very informative. Although it is supposed to be open continuously, there was a 'back at 2;30 sign posted when we arrived after lunch. Waited around and was happy to do so.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This unassuming museum turns out to be a great place to take a young kid. Their stationary streetcar lends itself to play acting as a streetcar driver -- my daughter loved the controls, especially the footbell -- don't miss it! There's coloring too. And for adults, especially fans of streetcars, there are lots of interesting displays. Plus nice gifts. I'm... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

I popped in after jumping off the F line. First of all it is free which was a bonus although a donation is recommended. Although small there is a lot of information and I found it very interesting. The lady in the museum was really helpful and interesting too! I will definitely take visitors there!

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Granite Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

What a special treat! It is so nice to see something besides tourist schlock around the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero. The past rolls out to greet you and holds you in its tyhrall. The you can step out the door and board a moving piece of history by riding the F Line in one of the antique trolleys.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Being a native born San Franciscan, I was curious to visit when I learned about the museum. On a recent visit to the city, we found the small museum a short walk from the Ferry Building. There was no entry charge and the museum is staffed by volunteers. It was filled with very interesting exhibits recalling the history of transit... More 

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Southern Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you love street cars, this is the place to read/see all about them. Get the skinny on the restoration of 26 vintage street cars running on Market Street and also on California St. I road the F-Line repeatedly during my visit and loved each and every old car. The museum has a nice collection of souvenirs, which are extremely... More 

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Victoria BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We hopped on a vintage trolley from Powell Street over to Fisherman's Wharf (one of the orange Milan ones). It was really crowded inside and we were directed to enter through the back doors, which made it impossible to pay the fee while boarding. As a result, we ended up with a free ride to the wharf. After Pier 39,... More 

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Pinckney, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

If you are going by the ferry building this very small museum is interesting. It is free of charge (or donation) and they are right by the muni stop. The staff are very friendly and gave us information about how the old cable cars were run and what they wore.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in after riding the vintage rail cars on the F line. Museum is small, but lots of artifacts, pictures, videos. There are some good souvenirs. You do not need to spend a lot of time here, but it is interesting to see, especially if you have been on the vintage trolleys. The man at the desk answered our... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

The Market Street Railway Museum is located at 77 Stewart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Near the Ferry Building at the end of the Ferry Plaza. At The Stewart Street stop on the F-Line. It is more of a gift shop and a visitor information center than a museum. And it’s the best place to go for Postcards of the... More 

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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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