San Francisco Cable Car Museum
Located in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, San Francisco Cable Car Museum is a museum of high cultural and historic prominence. Categorised as working museum, its explanatory exhibits demonstrate how SF’ cable car system’s work, and besides the old cable cars, it has small exhibits on its history and a gift shop.
San Francisco Cable Car Museum – Useful Information
For travelers who are renting a car in San Francisco to explore the region, they can use the address given below in their GPS to reach this free museum. We are also listing some other practical information that might come handy while planning your visit:
Cable Car Museum 1201 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94108
A Bit About the Museum & its History
Established and opened to the public in 1974, the Cable Car Museum is today managed and operated by a nonprofit educational organization which is known by the name ‘the Friends of the Cable Car Museum’.
‘Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse’ is the place where the museum dwells which means the visit to the place also allows you to see the monstrous winding wheels and engines that pull the cables, that sits right opposite to the barn. Downstairs at the museum, one can have a look at the cable line that enters the building through the channel under the street. At the same level, various mechanical devices are kept on display – cable, grips, track, brake mechanisms, plus and gem-of-a-collection of historic photographs, cable car memorabilia, books, clothing & cards.
Besides all that, you can witness the three stunning historical 1870s rail cars – the cable cars on exhibit include Sutter Street Railway grip cars No. 46 & No. 54, and Clay Street Hill Railroad grip car No 8.
Experience the Cable Cars in Action – Ride them!
Routes followed by the cable cars: Powell-Hyde line, the Powell-Mason line and the California line. The first two stop at the museum. While the California line ends at Mason Street which is 3 blocks south of the museum.
Cable Car Fare: These are the fares as per the museum’s official website
Before 7 am & after 9 pm : $3.00 each way (valid ID required)
7 am- 9 pm : $6.00 each way
Where to park my rental car at San Francisco Cable Car Museum?
Renting a car? It is a great way to travel in SF, but Street parking is limited in the areas in and around the museum. So look out for free parking areas – there are many like 5th and Market Street lot – which are cheap or free.