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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 #24 of 377 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 young children, Activities for older children
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great variety of penny in the slot machines including modern (but early) video machines. Our favourites were the player pianos and fairground organs. Fun for all ages.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

French execution, english execution, marionettes operated by machines, shooting games, etc. Basically a lot of old "video games" and interactive machines. Change money for a lot of quarters and have fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

old time archade games up to the recently archaic Pac Man. Something the whole family can enjoy when you are already in the Fisherman's Wharf area.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Musee Mecanique is a strange and wonderful place filled with coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines. Be prepared to go through a few rolls of quarters and amaze yourself. Some really crazy stuff here! Highly Recommended!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Check it out -- lots of antique games etc to see. It's worth popping in -- but don't make it your main attraction!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Really worth the visit and a fun way to while away a couple of hours playing games you used to play as a child! take a photo booth shot to remember your visit by!

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