Railway Museum Exhibits & Features

The San Francisco Railway Museum features both permanent and special exhibits that entertain and inform visitors about how streetcars and cable cars built the unique city we know today.

Current Exhibits

Car vs Car Exhibit

Car Vs Car: How The Automobile Impacted Streetcars

In San Francisco, what some cities call “œtrolleys” or “œtrams” have always been called “streetcars”, or before World War II, simply “cars”. Back then, automobiles were often called “machines” here.

But as auto ownership grew, the “machines” began jousting for precious street space with streetcars all over San Francisco – and other American cities as well. That conflict would lead to dramatic changes in how people got around town.

Come find out how these these “machines” made history!


Fair, Please!

100 years ago, San Francisco welcomed the world. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 was a showcase of human achievement in the sciences, engineering, architecture, and the arts.

Not only had San Franciscans emerged from one of the worst urban disasters on record, but also they had used this rebirth as a springboard for a number of civic improvements, including a new City Hall, Municipal Auditorium, and a massive expansion of public transit.

Come see how the Municipal Railway continues to benefit San Francisco as a result of the groundwork laid as we bring you “Streetcars to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition”!