Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

Cable Car Museum, San Francisco (must see)

One of the most distinct features of San Francisco is its cable cars and one cannot afford to miss a visit to the museum that educates and celebrates the advent of the cable cars in the city. Invented in the late nineteenth century, the cable cars 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 the life in San Francisco, it has also become an identity of the city and its people.

Located at 1201 Manson Street, Nob Hill, the Cable Car Museum is a perfect place where one can learn about the history of cable cars and the relationship it shares with the city of San Francisco. The Museum was established in 1974 and has been operated by a non-profit organization called the “Friends of Cable Car Museum”.

If you are planning to visit the Museum, you must also make it a point to go to its delightful gift shop. Here, you can get miniature cable cars, souvenirs, artistic images of the cable cars depicting its history and antique models of antique cable cars that you cannot see any more in the city.

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

Tip:
Try to see it 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 cafe across the road, too, for afterwards.

Opening Hours:
The Museum is open to visitors for free from 10am to 6pm between April and September and from 10am to 5pm during the remainder of the year, except in the holiday season.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Cable Car Museum
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour II  

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