San Francisco Cable Car Museum

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About San Francisco Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

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 Cable Car Museum Information

  • Disabled access available from the Washington side of building.

San Francisco Cable Car Museum Tickets Prices

  • Free entry

How To Get To San Francisco Cable Car Museum by Public Transport

  • Bus Stop: Clay Street & Mason Street

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Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: +1-4154741887

Ticket Price: 5 USD

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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  • Very cool. I've been to San Francisco 20 times and have ridden the Trolleys a lot. Should have done this much sooner. The best part about this is that it's a live, working building moving a lot of cable. It's free and you can spend 10 minutes or 30 if you have time. Everyone should do this. Great idea for he city to have this museum.

  • Gotta love a free museum! This was a great showcase for the nostalgic Cable Cars of San Francisco and how they work. The displays were colorful and descriptive; and seeing the inner-workings of the cable system was pretty awesome! A must-see tourist spot!

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • In A Nutshell: -It's pretty cool to see how the cable cars work in SF. -This small museum details how they work & they are still operational! -You can check everything out in less than 15-20 minutes. Overall, the next time you find yourself over cable car tracks, look between the crack to see the cable & you'll know how it works.

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