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Cable Car Museum Tours

Cable Car Museum
Amongst its famous hills and winding streets, the cable cars of San Francisco have become perhaps the most iconic part of the famous city. Though they have a historic feel, the cable cars remain both a draw for visitors and a part of the city’s public transportation today. 

The subtle sound of the cables running underneath the tracks is only the first clue as to how this classic transportation system works. The city’s Cable Car Museum goes into greater depth about functionality and history of the cars. You can learn about how and when they were first developed, as well as see three original cars from the 1870s. All of the system’s mechanical parts are on display, from the brake to the grips, as well as a large collection of historic photographs that take you back in time. There’s also the chance to go underground and view a subterranean cable in operation.

Practical Info

Located in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco, you’ll find the Cable Car Museum at the corner of Washington and Mason Streets. It’s open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (or 5 pm from November to March)  and is free to visit. Both the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines stop at the museum.
Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, California 94108, USA
Hours: Daily from 10 am - 6 pm (5 pm Nov-Mar)
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San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

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Make your visit to San Francisco easy by taking this private sightseeing tour that includes round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle of your choice and bridge tolls. See some of the city’s most famous and memorable areas as this tour takes away the stress of maneuvering through the streets and parking in congested areas. Walk down Pier 39, stop for a cannoli in North Beach, see historic cable cars at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, and take photos of the windmills in Golden Gate Park. Whatever you choose to do, it's up to you when and where to stop.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Walking Tour of Nob Hill - Cable Cars, Luxury Hotels, French-Gothic Cathedral

Walking Tour of Nob Hill - Cable Cars, Luxury Hotels, French-Gothic Cathedral

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When Robert Louis Stevenson visited San Francisco in 1879, he declared, "Nob Hill, the Hill of Palaces, must certainly be counted the best part of San Francisco. It is here that millionaires gathered together, vying with each other in display". My Nob Hill tour is a 2-hour walking photo-shoot tour that starts with a Cable Car ride and a visit to a French Gothic Cathedral and ends at the Top of the Mark on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel for photographs and beverages at sunset. The eclectic history of Nob Hill includes: * The Gold Rush (not the San Francisco 49r cheerleaders) * The Silver Bonanza (not including Ben Cartwright, Ben, Hoss or Little Joe) * The Transcontinental Railroad * The 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and * A spectacular French-Gothic design Episcopal Cathedral that took nearly 40 years to build. The opportunities for photography are endless on Nob Hill!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

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Explore San Francisco like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour by luxury vehicle. Sit back, relax and admire the landscape of the famously hilly City by the Bay while a chauffeur drives you to top attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Twin Peaks and more. Pickup is available anywhere within San Francisco. Select your vehicle preference when booking, depending on the size of your private group.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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So many adventures to have in San Francisco with so few funds. If the pocketbook is feeling a touch light then consider these invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunts. The three-hour events force adventurers to solve clues and navigate the city streets; plus all the SF scenery you can absorb during the journey. Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
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$21.34
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San Francisco Self-Guided Audio Tour

San Francisco Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of San Francisco that provides lively commentary about the city’s history and landmarks. After booking your tour, simply download the mp3 audio guide and map, then proceed at your own pace. You’ll get great views of monuments including Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf as you tour the city at an affordable price.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Private 90 Minutes North Beach & Chinatown Kickstart Tour with a Local

Private 90 Minutes North Beach & Chinatown Kickstart Tour with a Local

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Kickstart your time in San Francisco with a 90-minute introduction of two of its liveliest neighbourhoods with the help of your favorite local. See the main highlights of San Francisco’s North Beach and China Town and discover the best the city has to offer. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the contrasts in these parts of the city. Go to the foodies’ favorite Ferry Building, see where the community gathers at the bustling Washington Square and get set to tackle San Francisco’s steepest street. Hear all about the beat generation’s lifestyle of the 1960s and how San Francisco came to be home to the country’s oldest China Town. Get insights on the local lifestyle and find out true stories about the city’s history as you take in these two vibrant, full-of-life neighborhoods in San Francisco. Join now and find out more from our local hosts regarding your future stay in San Francisco.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown Urban Hiking Tour

Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown Urban Hiking Tour

Discover more of San Francisco on an urban hiking tour in three must-see neighborhoods: Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown. Get a good workout as you take in Nob Hill landmarks such as Grace Cathedral and the Fairmont Hotel, and visit the Cable Car Museum and the Fortune Cookie Factory. Learn about the Gold Rush, the Beat Generation, hippies in the 1960s, and more, before concluding in Union Square.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Cable Car Museum hours of operation?
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Cable Car Museum hours of operation: Daily from 10 am - 6 pm (5 pm Nov-Mar). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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