San Francisco Cable Car Museum

The cable car was born in San Francisco at four o'clock in the morning on August 2, 1873, when Andrew Smith Hallidie successfully tested the world's first cable car. Operated by the nonprofit "Friends of the Cable Car Museum" the Cable Car Museum provides not only an historical perspective of the importance of the cable car to San Francisco, but an insight into the daily operations of today's system.


Note: This site has over 200 photographs - each takes a few moments to download.  Please be patient!

Areas to explore:

Virtual Tour of the Museum
Powell & California Street Cable Car Rosters
Anatomy of How a Cable Car Works
Historic Cable Cars
Cable Car Service, 1903, Selected Historical Dates
The Original 8 Cable Car Companies - Maps

The Cable Car Museum, 1201 Mason Street at Washington, San Francisco. Admission is free. 
For Museum hours, directions, map and other details, visit the information site.

Visit the Cable Car Museum – Rated by travel expert Arthur Frommer as "one of the top ten free attractions in the world."
Copyright 2004, Friends of the Cable Car Museum