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The San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, CA

145 Jefferson StSan Francisco, CA 94133
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Embark on a 60-minute journey through San Francisco’s past in this interactive experience. You never know what will happen next as you interact with actors and visit different eras in San Francisco history. From the gold rush to Alcatraz, you’re in the middle of it all. Conclude your experience with the Escape Alcatraz Drop Ride. You’re not learning about San Francisco’s history — you are history!


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The Dungeon, a historical and theatrical attraction popular in Europe, opened their first ever North America attraction in San Francisco during the summer of 2014. The hysterically horrible engaging stories take the visitor through 9 live actor led shows as they experience reenacted scenes from the colorful Gold Rush era to authentic tales about the Barbary Coast criminal gangs, Alcatraz, the Shanghai kelly boat show and more. The ultimate live action expedition! Through a storytelling journey, vibrant sets, authentic costumes and detailed make-up, The San Francisco Dungeon sheds a whole new light on San Francisco’s rich and authentic history. San Francisco’s unique background makes it the perfect location for the launch of the first-ever North America Dungeons Attraction. Located in San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf, this unique experience will highlight 200 years of San Francisco’s colorful past with dramatic and theatrical story storytelling. The San Francisco Dungeon will guide visitors through theatrical sets on a walk-through journey.

Location: 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco CA 94133
Hours: Open 365 days a year. hours vary
Time: Approximately 1 hour

The recommended age for The San Francisco Dungeon is 10 years and above. Many children enter The San Francisco Dungeon and enjoy the experience, but please be aware it does get very dark inside the building and there are lots of loud noises. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

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"Cheesy but fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
My mom got us vouchers for the dungeon for Christmas. We had no clue what to expect, but decided to turn it into a day in the City. When we got there, a high-pressure salesperson/peddler wouldn't let us speak before she shoved pamphlets in our faces and offered reduced-rate tickets. When we were able to tell her we already had tickets, she was no longer interested in us and told us to wait at the register. Another person helped us and told us the next group would be leaving in 5 minutes. She immediately told the people after us that we would be leaving in 10. Fifteen minutes later, we were ushered downstairs. The guide told us the tour would take about an hour....unless we got Shanghai'd...because he had to stay in character. The next twenty minutes consisted of the guide taking three pictures of everyone there in various poses and accompanying props. At this point, I was less than impressed with the attraction. Once everyone had taken their best "scared face" photos, we went on with the tour. This is where it was actually enjoyable. I won't spoil anything, but you're taken back in time through the dredges of San Francisco's sordid past. Each room is a different time with 1-2 characters who are authentically dressed and personified. The actors keep it light and make you laugh, and in some cases, jump from being scared! The theatre aspect was cute and entertaining, and the sets and costumes were incredibly detailed; however, I would have liked to learn a bit more about the City's history. They kind of glossed over the actual history and just made it into a cute and quick little run-through that exaggerated certain aspects of history with little explanation. It was still enjoyable, but it's designed for entertainment and money-making, not education. At the end, they show you the pictures you took at the beginning....and you can have them for the low, low price of $27 for three 4x6 home-printer quality pictures without frames or booklets. If you can look past the commercialism of this attraction, it's fun, but I wouldn't pay full price. I also wouldn't take young kids. There are a few scary/startling moments, and there's some adult content. I'd also brush up on your San Francisco history before you go, as they don't give timelines or explain how we got into certain situations along the tour. Otherwise, enjoyable tourist attraction.
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Dean F
"History with a Scare"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
History of San Francisco from 1848 through 1916. Several short acts about different events in the history of San Francisco with lighting effects and actors portraying the times. Teenagers would love this. Gold rush to Alcatraz situations! One hour.
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Sherry C
San Francisco, California, USA
"Had a Great Scare"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2017 NEW
This attraction was a lot of fun. I went there with no expectations of being scared so I was very surprised that there were some scary parts that took me by surprise. I would definitely recommend this place if you don't mind a good scare.
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Svetlana T
Mississauga, Canada
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2017 NEW
We visited together with Madame Tussauds and what a dissapoinment... It was boring, not scary and very long. The problem is that the acters worked very hard and try to make it work. The plot and story definately need improvement. It was very stuffy too,no ear at all and some periods you have to stand for a while. Don't waist your time...
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Fox M
"Great Fun For Everyone"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2017 NEW
I loved this, The actors were all great, the sets were amazing very real looking(with amazing smells) and lots of surprises built in(which I won't spoil for anyone). Some seemed genuinely scared but me personally I didn't find it scary just entertaining and my mother said she would have brought her Grand kids there(Ages 6 & 10) so it couldn't be that scary. They have some pics to sell you at the end I wouldn't have got them if it had just been me but my mother wanted them so we got them, So while they are nice it just comes down to if you want CGI pics with you in them I highly recommend this attraction
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Frequently Asked Questions about The San Francisco Dungeon

Is parking available at the San Francisco Dungeon?
Yes. There is plenty of parking available around Fisherman’s Wharf, particularly on Beach Street.

How long is the entire experience?
From start to finish, guests enjoy a 60-minute immersive experience in the dungeon.

Is this attraction recommended for kids?
The San Francisco Dungeon is recommended for children above the age of 10. Please be advised that certain aspects of the experience are dark, scary, and can be frightening to children. If you and your family need to leave the attraction at any point, please speak to one of the actors.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.

Is the attraction wheelchair accessible?

Some areas of the attraction are not wheelchair accessible, such as Shanghai Kelly. It is recommended that individuals requiring a wheelchair, mobility assistance, or are pregnant do not participate in the attraction.