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San Francisco Railway Museum, San Francisco

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The San Francisco Railway Museum packs a great experience into a compact space, just across from the famous Ferry Building. The museum is designed to complement the historic rail vehicles of the F-line and cable car lines by serving as an information and interpretation center for them.
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  • This free museum tells you the history of the railways ( trams for the Europeans reading this) in San Francisco, it is located just opposite the ferry building and very easy to find The staff were ver...  more »
  • This is a combination store and museum. They have interesting exhibits and very unique items for sale. Fabulous photos showing the history of public transportation in San Francisco. It is a great litt...  more »
  • Very interesting little museum although it was more of a gift shop. The attendant was able to answer numerous questions and it was well worth the short visit. We purchased a book that listed all of th...  more »
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  • Fantastic, though small, museum detailing the history of San Francisco's electric streetcar history. Many models and information boards. Friendly staff were able to provide all sorts of neat facts and additional history. Needs to be much bigger. Free admission.
  • If you are in the area swing by send check it out. Lots of information about the San Francisco street cars. The museum is very small and the gift shop part is about as big as the actual museum. The lady working here was super friendly and gave me a short tour of that place.
  • Tiny, informative and informal free museum. Lots of photos and explanations of urban trains in SF since the horse-drawn days.
  • If you are waiting between lines it may be worth it for you to pop in. Don't go out of your way. Museum is very small and in the back of the store after you walk through all the gifts.
  • Very nice place. Small, but informative, and the man who runs the place is very nice and helpful!