The Cable Car Museum is one of many attractions that San Francisco visitors won’t want to miss. Found at 1201 Mason Street, this museum offers excellent insight into the cable cars, especially as this history relates to the city of San Francisco. On display are historic cable cars, a number of fascinating photos, and a variety of interesting mechanical exhibits. There is also a gift shop, so visitors can leave with keepsakes if they please.
History is at the heart of things at the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco. The building that the museum is housed in was built in 1887 for the Ferries and Cliff House Railway, and it has been restored to its original look. Adding to the historical allure are the cable cars that are on display. These cable cars include several antique versions from the 1870's. One of these cars was among the first grip cars to be developed for use in San Francisco. Cable Car Museum visitors can also get in touch with cable car history by checking out old mechanical devices, and there are plenty of photos that provide historical context.
One of the best things about the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco is the fact that it is still very much a living powerhouse. It also serves as a repair shop, among other things, and is very much in working order. During a visit, it is possible to see the inner workings of the station, with two viewing areas providing excellent vantage points.
Anyone who is hoping to add a Cable Car Museum visit to their list of things to do in San Francisco should be happy to know that admission is free. As for the hours of operation, they are 10 am to 6 pm from April 1 to September 30. The rest of the year, the museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm. The only days that it closes are Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday.