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San Francisco Railway Museum & Market Street Railway

94105 San Francisco, CA, United States of America (USA) (California)

Address 77 Steuart Street
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
  • Model Railway
  • Electric motors/generators/pumps

Opening times
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Status from 04/2013
Free entry.

Tel.:+1-415-974-19 48  Fax:+1-415-974-19 68  


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Location / Directions
N37.793813° W122.393490°N37°47.62878' W122°23.60940'N37°47'37.7268" W122°23'36.5640"

The San Francisco Railway Museum is conveniently located where Market Street meets The Embarcadero, in the Hotel Vitale building. Only steps away from the landmark Ferry Building and the Embarcadero BART station, the museum is easy to reach on the F-line, the California Street cable car, BART, Muni Metro and ferries from around the Bay Area.

From the F-line historic streetcars

Both the Steuart Street stop and the Ferry Building stop are within steps of the museum, located on ‘Don Chee Way’, the streetcar right-of-way between Steuart Street and The Embarcadero.

From the California Street Cable Cars

From the cable car terminal at Market & Drumm Streets at the Hyatt Regency, the museum is easy to reach by walking one block to the end of Market Street, and one-half block down Steuart Street to the museum.

From Embarcadero Station (BART & Muni Metro)

Exit the station to street level and walk one block to the end of Market Street, and one-half bock down Steuart Street to the museum.

From the Ferry Building (Ferries)

Cross The Embarcadero to the foot of Market Street and walk one-half block down Steuart Street to the museum.

Description The San Francisco Railway Museum packs a great experience into a compact space, just across from the famous Ferry Building. The museum is designed to complement the historic rail vehicles of the F-line and cable car lines by serving as an information and interpretation center for them.

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 motors 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.

What we offer at the museum is a celebration of 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.

The museum also permanently displays a variety of wonderful artifacts telling the story of the city’s transportation history, including dash signs, fare boxes, even a famed Wiley ‘birdcage’ traffic signal, the peculiar way San Francisco’s intersections were controlled for decades.

The centerpiece of the museum is a faithful replica of the motorman’s platform of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar, a class of 100 streetcars of which no originals survived. This display includes a complete set authentic operating equipment that kids of all ages can manipulate to learn how typical electric streetcars work.

This display ties in with our future ‘Teaching Trolley’ project, which will feature an actual vintage streetcar operating in service on the lines, outfitted with an onboard educational curriculum that will also be made available to schools and parents through a special section of the website.

To fulfill our goal of making this a ’21st century museum honoring 19th Century technology’, much of the museum’s content is virtual: video touchscreens where visitors can access a variety of material, including historic motion picture footage and photographs and electronic versions of special exhibits that have previously been mounted in the museum space.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In addition to the permanent collection of San Francisco railway artifacts from Market Street Railway Company and San Francisco Municipal Railway, the museum produces unique exhibits such as a retrospective on the 1906 Earthquake and a replicated end of the now extinct MSR '100-Class streetcar'. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.