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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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Address: 31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington, MI 48334
Phone Number: 248-626-5020
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Weirdly Wonderful

Marvin has collected some of the most unusual arcade games you will ever see. They include some from the 1940s and 1950s -- like the fortune teller with the little cards, and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Marvin has collected some of the most unusual arcade games you will ever see. They include some from the 1940s and 1950s -- like the fortune teller with the little cards, and the ferris wheel with seats for the little ones. There are pin ball machines and antique circus posters and oddity memorabilia everywhere, even on the ceiling. My grandkids... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is actually the size of a medium sized pizza parlor, but it literally blows your mind! Seriously, if you can find a piece of the wall or ceiling you're a really detailed inspector. There is more here than in any like themed museum anywhere I've been and I've been around the world. The best part is that almost everything... More 

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Montague, Michigan
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14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My husband and I embarked on a random Michigan wintertime vacation. (sometimes you just need to get away) We knew we wanted to check out the Eastern Market in Detroit and so were in the general area when this fun little place popped up on our Foursquare app. We side-tracked and boy are we glad we did! This is big... More 

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canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I lived in the area for over 30 years before I moved away and had never visited Marvin's. I came home for a Christmas visit and took my niece and nephew. Even my mom came along! What a sight to see. It had a carnival atmosphere-lights, sounds, smells. Everyone was happy and having fun. There were tons of vintage games... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I was at Marvin's one time before many years ago. I went there with my girlfriend recently on a snowy day. It was the same collection of arcade games and automata. The only disappointment was the giant music player. Marvin's has a giant collection of automated musical instruments all wired together into one console. There is a player piano with... More 

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Cleveland
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This place is a lot of fun for anyone who likes weird old stuff and videogames. There were great old timey machines - like the ones that tell your fortune - mixed in with brand new ones with touchscreens, like Fruit Ninja. At first my young kids were kind of shy about trying the games. There's just so much stuff,... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Let me start by saying that this place is not for the average person. This is for the type of person that can appreciate nostalgia and unique items. Now this is an arcade but its also a collection of amazing memorabilia from all over the world. I am in the tattoo industry by trade and meeting Marvin was fantastic. He... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

dont go to marvins because if you meet the jerk himself he will shoe you a way i have to say i like the atmosphre but you have to admit he is a horder i hate this place and will never go back becuase of the lack of the good service. and if your in a wheel chair dont even... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, too much to see in just one visit. This is an interesting mix of arcade and museum of old pinball machines. Some are gory or not appropriate for young children. We had my son's birthday party here (used a Groupon) and it was so inexpensive. The owner was on site to help with any... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Had a great time revisiting many old arcade machines. Only problem was we did NOT allow enough time to try many of the machines! And when I cashed in my tickets - the Tootsie Rolls I got we SOFT and CHEWY - NOT old and stale! Good times were had.

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