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Musee Mecanique

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Address: Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-346-2000
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of...
This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of all ages.
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Really cool place to stop

This place is really awesome. It has very old and vintage games that are just so cool to look at and they all work. Games you never knew existed. Very cluttered but so worth the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

If you are into old mechanical games, this is the place for you. We're not, so it was not as interesting to us as it might be to others, nevertheless, it was free and we found it somewhat interesting to walk through.

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This place is really awesome. It has very old and vintage games that are just so cool to look at and they all work. Games you never knew existed. Very cluttered but so worth the stop. Bring some change because some are just intriguing and you'll want to check it out.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This museum features a private collection of mechanical games that one used to see at fun zones and arcades. Pinball, Sultan the fortune teller, skee ball, whack-a-mole, and many machines they suggest are "older than you will ever be". Very curious and fun and almost everything is a quarter. Truly a walk down memory lane. I would think kids would... More 

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Macclesfield, Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you're on Fisherman's Wharf, make sure you pop in here - it costs nothing to get in, only to use the arcade machines on display. It's a fantastic reminder of the simple funfair pleasures of yesteryear, but with many early electronic arcade games too - there really is something for everyone. Very noisy and bustly, just as it should... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I love love love the Musee Mechanique. This was my second visit and won't be my last. It's like all the old-timey things they used to have in the arcade where I grew up were collected and put in one place- and most of them just cost a quarter to use! They have video games, skeeball, massage chairs, whack-a-mole, you... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

In the middle of Fisherman's Wharf, after dragging tired kids past the endless hawkers of sweatshirts, postcards and cameras, do make it a point to spend a little time at the Musee Mecanique. In a big warehouse are mechanical exhibits and games from long, long ago, and the larger-than-life "Laughing Sal" is a classic memory for San Franciscan natives. She... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I didn't know what to expect when we first heard about this place, but we decided to give it a shot since it was free. We had a great time and the $5 worth of quarters allowed us to sample machines from all time periods. Highly recommended, especially if you have kids. If you're in the Fisherman's... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Musee Mecanique has a huge selection of arcade style games, going back to penny arcade machines up to 80s-ish video arcade games. The museum holds some very rare finds, all very well maintained and cared for, most costing only a quarter for a play. While visiting, the air was filled with joyful laughs and screams of excitement. Everyone from the... More 

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

There is No charge to walk in and see the many arcade games from years ago. There are no modern day games, all of them are from years ago when arcade games were just beginning. Many of the games are .25cents, a very few .50cents. You can spend an hour just looking at the many different types. This is an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a fun look back at the history of arcade entertainment. Entry is free and it's worth spending a few quarters to see some of the old machines at work.

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