Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

Cable Car Museum, San Francisco (must see)

When it comes to public transportation in the City by the Bay, cable cars steal the show! Invented in the late 19th century, they were introduced on an experimental basis for the uneven and steep terrain of San Francisco. After nearly two centuries, these cars have not only proven vital for everyday commute, whirring through the streets from 6 am to 1 am, but also become its identity card.

It is, therefore, only natural to expect them to be celebrated with a designated museum. Such a place does exist and is more than just a museum but is also a showcase of the inner workings of San Francisco's cable car network. The hub of four main cable systems, all the existing cable lines are routed from this building, allowing visitors to view them from the top floor.

You can spend a good one hour in the museum, looking around the well-spaced exhibits accompanied with quite a bit of information. Another incentive to visit is the free admission!

They have a donation box for those who care to contribute. Cable cars are expensive to maintain, and supporting the museum financially, much as taking a ride in one of the cars can help keep the system running.

There is also a cute gift shop with souvenirs, plus a great café across the road, for afterward.

Tip:
If you visit the museum on one of your first days, you will look at the cars in the street with more knowledge for the rest of your vacation.

The museum is open daily: from 10am to 6pm (April through September); and from 10am to 5pm (November through March).

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Cable Car Museum on Map

Sight Name: Cable Car Museum
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA (See walking tours in San Francisco)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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