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Musee Mecanique

Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #22 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Very interesting arcade with some very old machines and some from the 80's. The old machines make you realise how strange entertainment was way back in the day! Kept us all amused.

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Denver, Colorado
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21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If any of you remember the Cliff House and it's wonderful collection of coin machines from the early 1900's and now miss them...they have been relocated to this spot. It is a lot of fun...even if you don't drop a quarter in to give then a try...There are also some new ones...which, at least to me, take away from these... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum once stood on the ground of Cliff House back in the day. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Ocean Beach and was the home of Adolfo Sutro who once a mayor of San Francisco near at or the turn of the century and built a mansion at the edge on the ocean. Mr. Sutro built a mansion at the... More

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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great representation of the evolution of the arcade from it's earliest beginnings to the modern age. All of the arcade games are playable and you can easily find time flying by as you drop quarters into the many machines on premises. Lots of fun for the whole family!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon the Musee Mecanique while exploring Fisherman's Wharf and had a great time looking at some of the old arcade games. For $1, you can play four old-fashioned games. This is a great way to get away from the heat and crowds of Fisherman's Wharf for 10-15 minutes. Definitely worth stopping by!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We too were expecting a museum when we went to Musee Mecanique, but were excited to find out that we could actually play the games and see the automatons move. What fun! We had a great time! Our favorite was the claw machine! The football game players had tiny hand knitted sweaters!

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Nevada City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Based on their website, we were expecting an old-fashioned arcade type-place where we could walk through and show the kids old stuff. Instead we were hit with a very loud barrage of arcade noise and games upon entering the building. All of the old games are dispersed throughout the new games just making this a total hodgepodge of stuff, and... More

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North Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I dreamt about a place like this and wouldn't you know, it actually exists! Incredible assortment of very old (and some not so old) games, player pianos, and mechanical dioramas. Schooled my 8 year old daughter in USA vs. Russia table top hockey game (don't worry: she enjoyed it and graciously let me have my rare moment of glory), played... More

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Humboldt County, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Well, kinda. It's mostly the slightly creepy, old-timey stuff, though they do have Ms. PacMan. And a good selection of squished penny machines! Photo booths, air hockey...it's a nice break from Fisherman's Wharf craziness.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Musee Mecanique is part museum and part arcade but it is a total blast. I enjoyed seeing the antique but still functional games from the past and while my children had a blast on the old pinball machines and other attractions. A true gem!

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