San Francisco Cable Car Museum

History Museum
1201 Mason St (at Washington St)
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 474-1887
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm


  • Nice place to see how the cable car system works
  • Did you know that San Francisco has last permanently operating, manually operated cable car system in the world? Check out our Science in the City video to learn more about SF's cable cars!
  • It's free (I guess the only thing in SF that is for free)
  • SF Weeklys Best Of 2011 Winner Editorial Pick BEST MUSEUM TO SPEND YOUR LUNCH BREAKSThe mesmerizing highlights of the museum are the gargantuan "winding wheels" that pull the eponymous cables..
  • If you've ever ridden a cable car in SF (and if not, why not??) and wondered how it all works you really must come here and see the 500HP motors in action for yourself; awesome place - and free!!
  • go downstairs in the (free) cable car museum and watch the cables run!
  • I really love this place, the CORE of the Cable Car since... almost always.
  • The museum is small but very cool to see old school cars and informative about the history, challenges, and changes of the whole system!! BEST PART - it's free!!!
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  • Documents the history of the cable cars and you can see the current system in action.
  • Well its free! Pretty interesting, but not much there. I loved the info video they played that was made in like 1979
  • free museum that shows how the cable cars work. interesting and historical. made my ride on a cable car much more memorable once i knew what made it go!
  • Great place to go if you have given up on life
  • Free! Plus a bathroom, so a good tourist stop all around.
  • It's free and only takes a few minutes to see this amazing museum.
  • i love cable car parking, it means i'm about to see my lova!
  • Watch the hilariously dated movie from the 1970s that plays in the corner of the gift shop, explaining how the cable car works.
  • In 1869, Andrew Hallidie witnessed a horrible accident as a horse drawn streetcar slid backwards down a steep slippery San Francisco street. 4 years later, he introduced the city to its 1st cable car
  • Nice place to go in SF! You can see how it system works!
  • Amazing! Totally unique to San Francisco

Nearby places

Lombard St (btwn Hyde & Leavenworth St)
1200 Mason St (at Washington St)
333 Post St (btwn Powell & Stockton St)