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Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

Cable Car Museum, San Francisco (must see)

With the City by the Bay being all about cable cars, it is only natural to think that they'd be celebrated with a museum – the hub of four main cable line systems that whir through the streets from 6am to 1am. Invented in the late 19th century, they were introduced on an experimental basis for the uneven and steep terrain of San Francisco. After two centuries, the cable car has not only proven vital for everyday life, but have also become an identity of the city and its inhabitants.

All the cables of the existing cars are routed from this building and visitors can view them from the top floor. One can spend an hour or so here looking around as the exhibits are well-spaced out and there is quite a bit of information to absorb. Not only is there so much history to see and learn, but admission is free! They have a donation box, but if one would like, there is also a cute gift shop with souvenirs and antique models for purchase. Cable cars are, to be sure, rather expensive to maintain and visiting this place and/or taking a ride on one of them can help keep the system running.

Why You Should Visit:
More than just a museum, but also the inner workings of San Francisco's entire cable car network. A fun stop, and free!

Tip:
Try to visit on one of your first days so you can look at the cars in the street with more knowledge for the rest of your vacation. Great café across the road, too, for afterwards.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am–6pm (Apr–Sept); 10am–5pm (Nov–Mar)

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Sight Name: Cable Car Museum
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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