San Francisco Railway Museum, San Francisco

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The San Francisco Railway Museum is a local railway museum located in the South of Market area of San Francisco.

This small museum features exhibits on the antique streetcars of the F Market & Wharves and national landmark cable cars that continue to run along the city's major arteries. The museum is located at the Don Chee Way and Steuart Station, across the street from the Ferry Building. Admission to the museum is free.

In addition to the permanent collection of San Francisco railway artifacts from Market Street Railway Company and San Francisco Municipal Railway, the museum features exhibits such as a retrospective on the 1906 earthquake and a replicated end of the now extinct MSR '100-Class streetcar'.

The museum is a project of the nonprofit Market Street Railway, Muni's historic transportation advocacy group and was opened on October 7, 2006.
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  • This is a nice little free museum and gift shop for all you trolley fans out there. They have a very good selection of gifts and collectibles at decent prices. There are lots of great displays to...  more »
  • I made a repeat visit to the San Francisco Railway Museum. Its a free museum, close to the Ferry Building area, which tells the story about San Francisco's street cars. There are exhibits and some.....  more »
  • The museum is free and from the outdoors it has an unassuming appearance. There are marvelous stories about San Francisco and there are wonderful novelty gifts you can purchase as well. Don't miss the annual streetcar calendar.
  • Small..But interesting. and it's free. it's worth checking out. And they have some neat stuff for sale.

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