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San Francisco is home to the only remaining manual cable car system in the world. While many tourists ride the cable cars, a visit to the Cable Car Museum is an interesting way to truly understand the history and evolution of this San Francisco icon. The museum is housed in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse. Here one can see the massive engines and wheels as they operate the cables. The display includes various mechanical devices, detailed models and several photographs. The highlights are the three antique cable cars from the 1800s. One can also visit the gift shop for some souvenirs and memorabilia. San Francisco Cable Car Museum tourist attraction added in 3 Day San Francisco Trip Itinerary
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San Francisco is a fascinating city for so many different reasons, and the historical methods people used for transportation in a very hilly environment are fascinating. Perhaps one of the most well known public transportation devices in the world, the San Francisco cable cars are a marvel of modern engineering. The Museum (which is free to visit and easy to get to from any of the the cable car lines) does a marvelous job of explaining the history behind the cable cars, and also exactly how they work. There are also wonderful displays of cable car memorabilia (tickets, uniforms, etc.) and machinery (drive wheels, brakes and so on). The best thing about the museum is that it's a living, working museum. The museum is built around the central hub of all the remaining cable car lines, so you can actually see the giant engines that drive the system, and the thick cables that pull the cars up hills all day. Aside from the free museums in some of the world's great capitals (London and Washing DC for example), this is probably the BEST free museum I've ever been too.
We stumbled here on our way through Chinatown and I gotta say that this museum is pretty cool. Not only is it a working museum but they give you complete knowledge of how the cable car of San Francisco work. It's a pretty amazing marvel when you actually think about how everything works. The best part of all is that it's FREE. That's right, no admission. You just come in, visit the downstairs section for a brief minute. Then head upstairs where you get to see and read about everything. Overall, really great places for an hour or 2.
Free place to check out. You can smell the oil walking around inside. Gift shop is pretty cool to see too. The machinery, thick heavy cables that pull the still active trolleys through SF is pretty amazing. Learning, seeing, reading about the history on the walls or their videos, sitting in a trolley there, feeling the weight of a hand sized length of real cable... It's pretty impressive! Donations appreciated. There's a box on the top floor.
We visited the Cable Car Museum and had a great time. A priceless landmark and an iconic place for the people of San Francisco and the world to see while they are visiting. Great amount of information, history and displays to get rid of an hour or two. Make sure you visit when you're in town.
The SF cable cars are one of the greatest parts of this city. They are fun and were instrumental in the development of the city for over a century. The Cable Car Museum is free and explains how the city developed and expanded. It is also very cool to be able to see the machinery that makes the cable system work. If you're in Chinatown or on the top of Nob Hill, it is pretty close so check it out !