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Cable Car Barn

Cable Car Barn
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Type of Attraction
Museums, Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
History, Technology, Engineering, Local Culture
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Assistance Available: Elevator
Notes: A ramp and an elevator are located on the Washington Street side of the building.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Lunch
Restrooms: Available
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Cable Car Barn

The City's Cables

Off The Beaten Path Must See

Address: Phone:
1201 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1 415 474 1887


Cable cars have been running up and down the streets of San Francisco since 1873, and are a beloved part of the urban landscape. What better place to learn about this historic public transportation system than the Cable Car Museum? The building showcases a variety of cable car mechanical parts, photographs, and (of course) cable cars themselves. In addition to being a great resource for information about the famous cars, the museum has a great exhibit about how the cable system works. From the museum deck, visitors can see the large engines and wheels that power the cars up and down the city's steep hills, while downstairs offers views of the cables and sheaves coming into the building from underneath the streets. This museum is a definite must-see for engineering buffs.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10am-6pm daily, but closes at 5pm Oct-Mar
Notes: It's open every day except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Visit Time: 1hr-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free
Payment Types: Traveler Checks, VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: All Ages
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI BUS: 27; Hyde Street Cable Car
Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Notes: Take the Hyde Street Cable Car. It's the easiest and most enjoyable mode of travel.
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: Parking can be difficult in this area, but there are some pay lots as well as city street parking nearby.

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