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. 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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  • The Cable Car Museum is located a few blocks from Nob Hill and for the cost of free you can visit the museum and see classic cable cars, how the underground cables work and more. The museum is small a...  more »
  • Stop here for an hour (max) to get a glimpse into the history of San Fran and the cable cars that keep the city moving. Very cool little museum with information that is easy to digest. Free and self-g...  more »
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  • Incredible and unique, there’s nothing like this place anywhere else in the world. Seeing the enormous spools of cable working constantly is a sight to behold, and with free admission, it’s hard to pass this up if you’re in the area. The cable cars stop right on the corner so it’s very accessible if you plan to ride them!
  • Not particularly extensive, but it's really cool that it's not JUST a museum, but is the actual place where the local cable car cables are operated and managed. Like an exposed skeleton, ya know? All the inner workings. Fascinating!
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