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Musee Mecanique

Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
415-346-2000
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #23 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of all ages.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This isn't your grand fathers arcade. Oh wait, maybe it is. Stumbled upon this place while walking the wharf. We spent over an hour in here and had so much fun.The machines from the 1800's and early 1900's were very interesting. Some of them a bit creepy. Loved the machines from the 80's and 90's. Most of the machines were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This place was one of the highlight of our trips! I know kind of weird that we would say that, but once you step through the doors you will be amazed at all the antique mechanical machines. I loved watching everything move back and forth. There are plenty of change machines to change cash into quarters

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western ma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

stopped in here while waiting for our cruise and had fun trying some of the old games. Part museum and part arcade. Great carnival type of atmosphere. Free entry and then you pay for the games starting at $.25. Loved looking at the old wooden ones!

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New England
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

So much arcade history here. Our family spent an hour and a few dollars of quarters here playing the old games. Many of the games are over 100 years old but it's so cool to see and try them. How awesome that they are all working. My daughters loved the arm wrestling machine that Julie Andrews tried in the Princess... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We loved this place at Fishermans Wharf! What great fun to reminisce with the old slot machines and gaming machines, the majority of which actually worked for a dime! You could spend literally ages here. We would highly recommend a visit; it is fun for all the family!

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Paranaque, Philippines
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40 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It is both so out of place and so appropriately placed. My 18-year old son and I were just walking around when we stumbled upon Musee Mecanique. We weren't even sure people could enter. It has an unassuming facade and looks like a warehouse (in the middle of a resto-filled tourist district). It was quite amazing though. Prior to this,... More

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Seattle
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's like traveling back in time in video game history. Pro tip - come with $20 cash so you can play all the super awesome games. It was educational, a little creepy, fun, everything exciting and good. A must visit.

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Senior Contributor
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A fun place to spend an hour. All the vintage and/or antique games will bring back memories. It's surprising to see how creepy/inappropriate some games were:)...it's all good fun though!

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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102 reviews 102 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Musee Mecanique is certainly a different type of hands-on place. Think an old fashioned arcade with every imaginable type of historic mechanical toy, game, or novelty possible. From fortune telling machines to horse racing machines to air hockey, it's in here. For a few coins you can once enjoy playing games from the past. It's worth a walk through... More

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Portsmouth
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Had heard good things about this so thought we would visit, definitely worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed playing on the old fashioned arcade machines and it was great fun,

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