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Musee Mecanique

Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Ranked #24 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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Shakopee, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Great place to revisit your childhood. Plenty of classic arcade games and some real antiques that many have probably never heard of. Fun to see how far technology has come over time. Free admission and the machines even take quarters. One of the only non-touristy places in Fisherman's Wharf. Even if you don't want to play the games, they are... More

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

It's like an arcade for anything that was ever made to be coin operated for amusement. So cool. There are lots of old/antique mechanical games as well as modern video games. They got some air hockey, a few sit down old school video games like Ms Pacman, Galaga, etc. And what puts this place to 5 stars excellent IMHO is... More

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Thetford, Vermont
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Take a walk back in time with this cool little museum tucked away in Shed A of Pier 45. Admission to the museum is free and though these machines used to run on pennies at the turn of the 20th Century, they now work by quarters and there are machines inside to make change. Even without paying-to-play, the machines are... More

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Great side visit when walking through Fisherman's wharf. Loved playing all of the old vending machines from the turn of the century. Great for all ages! Very cool and not touristy like a lot of the exhibits on the Wharf.

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Free to walk in and watch other people play these mechanical games, but even better to break a twenty and pop quarters in these old relics. A little before my time, but the cleverness of these games is inspiring. You could kill a couple hours here easily before wandering further in Fisherman's Wharf. Even on a busy Saturday night, this... More

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Minnesota USA
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a fun stop along Fisherman's Wharf. No admission charge. It's at the end of the seafood restaurant row on Pier 45 Bring plenty of $1 to $5 bills to get change. Most 'games' are 25 to 50 cents, a few are a nickel, a few a dime, even a few for a penny. If you need anything other... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We found this place by accident - just stumbled into it while walking along the wharf, and we ended up having lots of fun playing the old games! I wouldn't plan my day around this place, but it is worth checking out if you are in the area. They have change machines that exchange bills for quarters, and there's a... More

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Chesterland, Ohio
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202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Musee Mecanique is really a hands-on museum to arcade games and attractions. If you like games, old carnival goods, or nostalgia, or just want some fun, this is a great place to spend an hour. The Musee is located in a non-touristy warehouse type setting on Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf. It is packed with arcade equipment mostly from... More

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franklin lakes, nj
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We stumbled upon this place while doing an online scavneger hunt through Fisherman's Wharf. What a curious place! It hosts antique arcade games and tells the history of the pier. The games are all in working order and can be played with quarters. I guess you call some the precursors to Black Ops with names likes Opium Den, or French... More

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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place is located just to the west of Fisherman's Wharf. It's totally worth swinging by, whether you have kids or not. This place has tons of old arcade/video games, dating back forever. Not only is it awesome to see what games were popular back in the old days, but you can also play them! It's definitely unique and something... More

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