San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where you can get the actual experience of riding vintage rail transit in its “natural habitat” — the rumble of the wheels under your feet, the swaying of the car itself, the smell of the brakes. Before or after you take that magical ride on the “museums in motion,” visit our museum to make your experience complete.
Our museum celebrates San Francisco’s rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impacts streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city.
The museum features a full-sized exact 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. You’ll also find unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, and audio-visual exhibits that use 21st century technology to bring rail transit in the 19th and 20th centuries to life.
Unique San Francisco Gifts
The gift shop in the San Francisco Railway Museum features unique San Francisco gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia not available anywhere else. (Except in our online store.)
Our talented designer friends have created many of these products just for us, evoking San Francisco’s vintage rail past and present too. We’re currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the invention of the cable car with logo mugs, shirts, coasters, and more you can only get from us. Many more products celebrating streetcar and cable car history in the city by the bay are also available. (Check out the “store” button at the top of this page.)
Market Street Railway members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise purchased at the museum and our online store.
The museum is free (donations encouraged), and is currently open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon – 5 pm. It is located at 77 Steuart Street, between Market and Mission Streets, across from the Ferry Building, at the F-line Steuart Street stop