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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington, MI 48334
248-626-5020
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Farmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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English first
Highland, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have gone to Marvin's for years, bringing my nephews, foster kids and now my own kids. I don't believe you'll find anything else like it in the region. Is it cramped, somewhat crowded (from time to time) and a little dingy? Yes, it is; however, that just adds to the character of the place, in my opinion. If you... More

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I've always loved arcades, and my mom used to take me here during summer vacation when I was a kid. Marvin is often there, and you can talk to him about his experiences collecting arcade games over the years. You'll find everything from the latest DDR game to classic Skeeball and even older still, entertainment arcade machines from the 1920s... More

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I took my octogenarian Dad here for Father's Day on a groupon. He had never been here, and was just amazed. As much as he liked all the machines and toys, he loved all the stuff on the walls and ceilings, and meeting Marvin Yagoda. Yes, a few machines ate a few quarters, but the staff cheerfully gave us new... More

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Oxford, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Had it not been for a Living Social deal, I would never have known about this place. It was strange, weird, interesting, fun, and I loved it! It's pretty cramped, but it has so many antique machines as well as some new ones. My 2 teens, 13 and 15 both enjoyed it. We all loved the pinball machines. A couple... More

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Fun for kids, its a tad dirty and dusty but I think that is what gives its charm. The kids had a great time and it was the most entertaining 20 bucks we have spent in a long time!

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Williamston, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Read about this place in Michigan Oddities and happened to be driving by. It's really cool for those of you that dig old, creepy games and antiques. My 7 yr old found a few more recent arcade games that he likes to play, but also found that he was creeped out by a lot of stuff in there. Probably better... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stumbled upon this place in a list of "Things to do with kids in Detroit." It was not far from the hotel we were staying in, so we decided to give it a try. We're glad we did! The place is CRAMMED with cheesy old fortune tellers, pinball machines, and video games. My kids, ages 13, 9, and 7... More

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NorCal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I think MOST of the newer Machines Work Perfectly. That is why I love this place. It has always been hard to find machines that fully function. MMMM's do..! They can be challenging, as in the case of the ultra fast Metallica Machine.. But, no one set any of the machines up to drain the balls. If anything, the manufacturers... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

I am an avid pinball player. Do not come here if you are a serious player. The magnetism is grossly manipulated! I WASTED A LOT OF MONEY because they set the magnetism to make you fail.

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Highland, Michigan
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This place was very cool. Fun for thr whole family. Games from classics such as pac man and pinn ball machines to skeet ball, and newer titles. Everyone had a blast from my three yr old... to my 15yr old. It is a bit claustrophobic inside.

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