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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  • We took a cable car to the museum because we really were interested in the topic. The museum was a bit smaller than we hat expected but it was great to see the system working. Plus it was free! I woul...  more »
  • ideal for more information about the Cable Car, the city's typical means of transport. A good surprise
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  • Very interesting! See the motors that pull the cable cars. Many diagrams describe how the system works. See models and full size cars. See the machine shop where repairs are made. Great way to spend an hour, then catch a cable car to the wharf or back to Market St.
  • The cable cars stop outside and it only takes 30-40 minutes to look around. The main feature is the spinning wheels continually pulling the cables around the city. There is a very clear explanation of how the cars are controlled- I really appreciated the work the guys running the cars do after the visit. Also an interesting information section about the earthquake and fight to stop the cars being abandoned. There is a nice gift shop. The visit made me appreciate what an impressive system the cars are.
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