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Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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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  • Great history of the cable cars and how they work. In the middle of the museum is the actual working cables that move the cars throughout the city, you can view them from the museum or go to the... 
    Great history of the cable cars and how they work. In the middle of the museum is the actual working cables that move the cars throughout the city, you can view them from the museum or go to the...  more »
  • This small, free museum offers a look into the history and inner workings of San Francisco's iconic cable cars. I was fascinated by the engineering of the system and the skill required to operate the....  more
    This small, free museum offers a look into the history and inner workings of San Francisco's iconic cable cars. I was fascinated by the engineering of the system and the skill required to operate the....  more »
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  • What an amazing place! The mechanical engineering marvel operating the cable cars, designed a hundred years ago was a pleasure to watch. The museum by itself had so much of interesting information, it should be a must see for the younger generation, to learn about the creativity and ingenuity of their ancestors.
  • A nice little place to see the giant machinery at work; pulling the cable cars. The museum has some real fun history shown and actual parts of the cable car. Gift shop is nice too. Always fun bringing visitors over to see this.

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