This San Francisco museum is the place to visit if you are in the least interested in cable cars or machines. Not only will you be able to enjoy going through their exhibition here, you will also be allowed to drive a cable car yourself.
The museum, founded in 1974, is run by Friends of the Cable Car Museum as a nonprofit organisation, so the entry is free. Inside await photographs of cable cars and a lot of information on them as well as many cable-car related items on display.
These range from large, like engines, to small, like grips. The most popular are three whole cable cars, dating back to the 1830s. The museum takes an interesting approach to showcasing its items, you will be able to see various parts of the cable cars still running. Thus, you will get to learn how the cable cars exactly worked through observation, too.
There is also a small shop by the museum, where you can purchase various souvenirs, including real cable car bells.
Apr - Oct: 10 am - 6 pm
Nov - Mar: 10 am - 5 pm
Open every day except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Official Website http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/
Address 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco
Coordinates 37°47'41.382" N -122°24'42.876" E