San Francisco Railway Museum, San Francisco

3.6
#21 of 31 in Museums in San Francisco
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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  • July 22, 2017
    The place is not even a size of a coffee shop, too small to call a museum. My 4 yr old went to the end and ask me where is the museum. I also don't understand why they still can afford an ad on the Mu...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    The trolleys in San Fran are amazing! No lines like the cable cars, different paint schemes recognizing different cities..it's fun just to see which one you get to ride hon! Take the F Line trolley to...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    If you are into trams, take the F streetcar (they have cars from a number of different cities and we rode on cars from Milan and San Diego) to this little, free museum. If it's quiet (it was when we w...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • January 30, 2017
    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.
  • March 11, 2017
    Tiny, informative and informal free museum. Lots of photos and explanations of urban trains in SF since the horse-drawn days.
  • August 21, 2016
    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.
  • July 21, 2016
    Very nice place. Small, but informative, and the man who runs the place is very nice and helpful!

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