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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
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137 reviews 137 reviews
31 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Wow what a great collection of coin-operated machines and side show novelties that you can actually play. It's a bit hidden between two sections of a strip mall.

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Cincinnati
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is great, lots of pinball, skeeball and other mechanical oddities. It's not huge, about the size of a typical arcade from the 80s. However, it is crammed full of stuff. The pinball selection is good and the machines were in great shape. A game or two ate my quarters, but otherwise no complaints.

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Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States
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17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Marvin's was better than I expected it to be. I decided to go there because of visiting a similar place in San Francisco on Fisherman's' Wharf. (It had more historical games.) I found what I was looking for--pinball. I like the older machines better plus their price was only a quarter per game while some newer ones were as high... More

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Redford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I've been going to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum since I was a teenager. Now, I'm 40+, married with 3 children and I take them there. Time sure does fly when you are having fun. You'll have A LOT of fun at Marvin's! Marvin, the owner, is as unique as his museum. If you are old or young, you'll find something... More

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Highland, United States
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
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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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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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4 helpful votes 4 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
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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