San Francisco Cable Car Museum

San Francisco, CA

Where are we going?

San Francisco Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason St
San Francisco
CA 94108

415 474 1887

What is there to do?

Established back in 1974, the San Francisco Cable Car Museum has been giving families and kids a fascinating time exploring part of the city's history ever since!

The museum is located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, so the history starts the moment you step in the door!

Take a look from the museum deck, which overlooks the mechanisms working the cable cars with the huge engines and winding wheels, so from the start kids are presented with huge and exciting devices.

Downstairs, you can enjoy the viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line that is entering the building through the channel under the street.

On display are various mechanical devices used in the workings of the cable car, including track, grips, cables and tools. There is also a large collection of historic photos where kids can see all these devices in use!

What really stands out at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum are the three actual cable cars from the 1870s, one of which is the only surviving example from the world's first cable car company! Pretty amazing!

They also have much memorabilia in terms of literature, clothing and mechanical items like vintage cable car bells.

It's a trip through history at this fun museum in San Francisco. With FREE admission, it is a fun addition to your family day out exploring the city!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free!

Children: Free!


Need a little extra help?

Ramp and elevator for disabled visitors are located on the Washington Street side of building. Just contact museum staff for additional assistance.


When can we go?

10am open. 6pm close April to Oct, 5pm close Nov to March

Open every day except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Any top tips?

Ride the cable cars to the museum! The cable car routes are the Powell-Hyde line, the Powell-Mason line and the California line. Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines stop at the museum.

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