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Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

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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. PutCable 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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  • Worth a quick stop- lots of history, seeing how the cable cars run- watched one come out of the barn and back on the line. Interesting to see how they work. And it's free 
    Worth a quick stop- lots of history, seeing how the cable cars run- watched one come out of the barn and back on the line. Interesting to see how they work. And it's free  more »
  • Quite interesting to have the opportunity to see the inner workings and history of the cable cars. A good place to warm up and from which to catch the cable cars! 
    Quite interesting to have the opportunity to see the inner workings and history of the cable cars. A good place to warm up and from which to catch the cable cars!  more »
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  • A must for anyone who is a fan of history or just wanting to get the full SF experience. It was neat taking the cable car, thinking of all the different people over the decades that had been sitting there just as you were. The museum was free, and you can stroll around for as little or long as you like. The history of the original invention, the engineering and the gentleman below still working on the machinery yo this day - 👌. Only downfall is when we wanted to grab a car back to the wharf, they were all full. So husband says "it's only a few blocks." I don't care if you think it's a good idea to get your steps in, work the cannoli off from lunch, or just "see the sights" on foot. Don't do it. An hour and a half later we got back to the car with $24 in unused one-way tickets for the cable car. Everyone was silent, sweaty, hungry and ANGRY. It was a poor way to end a fun experience. But otherwise, highly recommend!... Just not with my family.
  • This was my personal favorite part of our visit to San Francisco. Perhaps not the largest or most flashy museum, but maintained by passionate volunteers and showcasing an incredibly important and iconic part of San Francisco's history and present. Being surrounded by the operating machinery of the cable cars definitely adds to the awe and ambiance

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