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Cable Car Museum, San Francisco
(4.5/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
A free museum, Cable Car Museum gives visitors a peek inside the history of cable cars. Several cable cars are on display, as well as a few exhibits. Be sure to check out the viewing platforms in the power station. After viewing the power station from above, descend into the cavern at the junction of Washington and Mason streets, where the cables are routed. The power station is the working hub of the cable cars and still maintains the daily runs. Plan to see Cable Car Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Francisco travel itinerary maker.
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  • For a quick behind the scenes look on how the cables are used to move the cable cars. Very cool to see and maybe 20-40 minutes to look around. Worth the stop. 
  • Fascinating to see the history of the cable cars, as well as chat to the staff about the current operations of the cable cars. 
  • The museum is pretty small but it shows you how and where the cable cars are controlled from. It's a nice display and a really cool bit of san fransisco history. 
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  • Free to go in and fascinating to watch the cables run continuously. Has detailed info graphics about how the cables cars work and has a history about the city's cable cars and a video to watch. You can take photos with an old cable car and a stationary one in the building. Shows detailed parts and info about maintenance and operation of the cable cars. Really awesome to explore not only because its free but will make your cable car ride around the city so much more fun because u know how it works
  • Small museum but very cool. It's neat to be able to see the running cables. I really enjoyed learning how they work! Fun for a group or an individual.
  • Love this museum. No frills - just straight history and very cool to see the working machinery. In a straightforward, unassuming way, this place gives you a sense of the past and how San Francisco came to be.
  • Totally awesome! The gentleman at the store was super friendly and told us all about the cables, trollys, and such. Make sure you check it out!
  • Lots of fun! Very educational. Interactive displays! Perfect for the kids. You actually get to see what pulls the cable cars and the moving cable right underneath you. The hub for the nation's only moving monument!