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Wells Fargo History Museum/Financial District

Pros: It's free and fascinating
Cons: Closed weekends
Best For: Being able to climb into a stagecoach

Wells Fargo History Museum
The Wells Fargo History Museum sits on the site of the very first bank founded in 1852 by Henry Wells and William Fargo. According to a newspaperman back then, Wells Fargo was "the universal business agent of all the region from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean". By stagecoach, steamship and Pony Express, silver, gold and money was transported over long distances, while basic banking services were provided for in the city.

The museum is small and easily doable in less than an hour, containing artifacts from the Gold Rush days, and memorabilia including poems written and left at the scene of stagecoach robberies, penned by the infamous Black Bart. Climb into the stagecoach upstairs and get a feel for what the pioneers experienced, traveling the dusty Western frontier trails.

Wells Fargo History Museum
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, 94163
Open Weekdays 9-5