Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

4.6
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. Put Cable Car Museum into our San Francisco journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • What a wonderful part of San Fran history. Congrats for keeping this history alive. Loved seeing the working cables. Loved seeing the oldest cable car in the world and the photo viewing machines.  more »
  • More than a Museum, I would call this a visit to the heart of the whole system of the cablecar. With free entry sign in the huge Hall where coordinates all ropes of road system cablecar citizen. To see!
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  • Don't miss this chance to see a piece of SF history! You can get a real understanding of how the cable car system works and see the drive mechanisms that power all four lines in action. It is free, cl...  more »
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  • Great free museum with some interesting exhibits and a gift shop. Great to see the cables under the street too. Interesting information on the San Francisco Earthquake too. Well worth a quick visit! Lovely quirky cafe over the road too for a coffee or lunch!
  • A must see museum if you love anything historic and full of great engineering. Also it’s free! And you can take a cable car right too it. A good place to get a historic gift that represents San Francisco. They have all sorts of items made from old cable and cable car parts.
  • Cable Car Museum was awesome! The fact it was free is the cherry on top. I had so much fun learning about how they work and the history behind them. It was so cool to see the place in actual operation with gears spinning and the cable winding through. I actually enjoyed this place a lot more than I thought I would. It was really neat and there's nowhere left like it in the world. Long live the Cable Cars!! Definitely recommend going here and riding a cable car afterwards. The fare is 7 bucks, but the memory will last a lifetime!
  • Such a great place. Gives you and insight in how the cable car works. Great place to bring tourists. Also a great place for exploring your own city in the weekends. It is free but please donate so we can keep this open for the public.
  • Can't give this anything but 5 stars for being free. Great for the city to open this up to show how the cable car system works. It's worth a 30-45 minute stop to check it out.
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