- Hours: Open every day except Easter, Thanksgiving1, December 25 and January 1
- Reservations: Not required
- Cost: Free
- Location: Mason Street at Washington, directions below
- How Long: Allow about half an hour to view the exhibits
- Best Time to Visit: Any time
Cable Car MuseumSan Francisco's Cable Car Museum is a good place to learn more about the city's trademark method of transportation. The museum is housed in the building that's the heart of the cable car system, where you can watch the cable-winding machinery in action from an elevated gallery and then go downstairs to see the moving cable passing through a series of "sheaves" as it enters and leaves the building.
Other displays at the Cable Car Museum include antique cable cars and photographs taken during the system's reconstruction from 1982 to 1984.
You can also pick up interesting souvenirs at the Cable Car Museum, made from sections of cable car track and cable.
Cable Car Museum ReviewWe rate the Cable Car Museum 4 out of 5. It doesn't take long, but it's a fun way to find out a little bit more about what goes on under the streets and how the cable cars work.
Poll: What do you think of the Cable Car Museum as a tourist destination?
- Awesome! It's a must-see sight that I recommend to everyone
- Great I really liked it, and I think you will, too
- Good Go if you have time, but it's not a big deal if you miss it
- OK Some people find it interesting, but I didn't
- So-So More fun than a night in jail, but you might enjoy a good nap more
- Yuck! Just say no to this flea-bitten hole of a tourist trap
Getting to the Cable Car Museum
Cable Car MuseumThe best way to get to the Cable Car Museum is the most obvious - by cable car. If you're on foot, you don't need a map, just follow the Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason cable car tracks.
1201 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA
Street parking is nearly non-existent near the Cable Car Museum, and the nearest public parking lots are in North Beach. The closest MUNI bus lines are the 1 and 30.
1 Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.