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.
Very underrated museum with amazing details and explained history involving San Francisco's golden age of cable cars. The museum is smack-dab on top of the actual heart of the 4 cable car lines. The wheels used to move the cables are all open and working 24/7, and there's a view of the underground wheels keeping the cables. Plus the education, cool factor, and gift shop-- the admission is free! Easily one of my favorite, albeit short, museums ever.
Incredibly informative and detailed history of cable car system's development and rise in San Francisco. Observation deck allows viewing of modern day engines running main cable lines. Many old tools and components for cable cars on display, as well as videos and infographics. Lower museum area allows window views of pulley wheel system beneath the city responsible for running the cable. Entry is free but the museum relies on donations from those able to for upkeep.
It was our first time in San Francisco and I was amazed to see the 'one of its kind in the world' cable cars running over the hills of San Francisco downtown. The cable car museum is a must visit for anyone who wants to know more about the history of these cable cars. The museum explains the engineering design of these cars and is a true heritage spot. And it's free! (Donations accepted)
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.