San Francisco Railway Museum

Railway Museum—San Francisco trolley car history

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San Francisco Railway Museum (Photo © SF Railway Museum)

San Francisco’s first “street railway” opened on the 4th of July, 1860, and the intimate San Francisco Railway Museum is just the place to find out how the famous rail transit system developed over the next 150 years.

Hop onto the conductor’s seat of an exact, full-sized replica of the motorman’s platform of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar, where kids of all ages can experience what it was like to be at the controls. Peruse a collection of historic trolley car tokens and other artifacts, rare archival photography, and vintage-style posters. Learn about Carville-by-the-Sea, the 1890s western San Francisco settlement where bohemian writers, judges, and “lady bicyclists” created a quirky streetcar suburb.

Tip: Pick up the perfect souvenir from a collection of cable car books, mugs, postcards, T-shirts, and Sirron Norris notecards. Don’t miss the baseballs covered with sections of San Francisco maps.

Where: 77 Steuart Street, San Francisco
When: Tues – Sun (10:00 – 6:00). Closed Mondays.
How much: FREE
Phone: (415) 974-1948

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