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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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  • This was my first visit to the Cable Car Museum. I don't know how it took me so long to see it. We really enjoyed it. It's interesting to see the actual operations with the wheels and cables. There's....  more
    This was my first visit to the Cable Car Museum. I don't know how it took me so long to see it. We really enjoyed it. It's interesting to see the actual operations with the wheels and cables. There's....  more »
  • Great museum showcasing the history of the cable car and mechanics behind their operation. See cable car models, machinery, and the cables entering and leaving the museum. Great for any history or... 
    Great museum showcasing the history of the cable car and mechanics behind their operation. See cable car models, machinery, and the cables entering and leaving the museum. Great for any history or...  more »
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  • Interesting to learn about the history and operations, plus engineering feats, of cable cars in San Francisco. Since this is the central operating station if all 4 SF cable car lines, it's a working "factory" complete with noise and smell (industrial oils). Quite startling to see that there is a guy seated at the center of all those massive cables. Wonder about occupational safety... Small gift shop and real cable cars for photos.
  • 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.

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