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Wells Fargo History Museum

420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104-1207
+1 415-396-2619
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Perfect to spend an hour or two escaping the rain

Was caught in the middle of a terrible storm so seemed shelter in this museum. Was pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A good hour or two in a very interesting place !

The museum nicely highlights the history of Wells Fargo and enhanced my understanding of the... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2018
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Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the museum depicts Wells Fargo's important role in the California Gold Rush, San Francisco history, stagecoach travel in early California and the settlement of the American West. Visitors of all ages can enjoy fun interactive exhibits which include a stagecoach "ride experience," operating vintage banking machines, a working telegraph, videos and authentic artifacts such as an original 1868 stagecoach, historic coins, currency, maps, and photographs. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free.
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420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104-1207
Financial District
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was caught in the middle of a terrible storm so seemed shelter in this museum. Was pleasantly surprised at what I learnt about the history of the institution. Museum is not large but is over 2 floors and there is sufficient to pass a couple...More

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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

The museum nicely highlights the history of Wells Fargo and enhanced my understanding of the history of San Francisco and the gold rush era. It is free and nicely laid out ! I recommend it.

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

A definite must see in San Francisco! Interactive exhibits with a wealth of history on WF. Great for all ages!

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Reviewed March 2, 2018

This is a gem of a museum with a real, red-and-gold stagecoach. From gold-mining to coach robberies, it's all there. I am impressed by how well designed and interactive it is. I applaud WF for putting together an eye-opening collection of artifacts and narrative about...More

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

This place was a real winner. There are not a lot of everyday free museums in San Fran and the few i saw needed no longer than 10-15 mins to tour and be done, the WF museum was different. Though not large, technically 2 floors,...More

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Reviewed January 10, 2018

This is a fabulous little museum for all ages. It should not take more than about 45 minutes to get through the entire museum and it will be the best 45 minutes of your SF visit. Loved the artifacts and was amazed to see some...More

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Reviewed October 20, 2017 via mobile

Not knowing much about the history of this company, this free museum was very interesting and was well presented. Lots of great historical items and information. Interesting videos as well.

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Sit inside a real stagecoach and discover what transport and communication was like in the old Wild West. Send telegraphs in morse code across the room to a friend. Have a photo of your face printed on a bank note! Lots of fascinating and interesting...More

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Reviewed September 14, 2017

Wells Fargo is in the news...but the museum is, honestly, quite interesting. A Mini California experience.

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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting little museum spanning the entire history of Wells Fargo. The museum exhibits are quite interactive (e.g., try your hands at using a telegraph, ride a stage coach replica, operate a mechanical calculator), which makes the history really come alive. There is enough to...More

Thank Mike W
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