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Musee Mecanique

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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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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This was an interesting place, but I think children would like it more. It's a neat collection of older "games" before video games existed. haha.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Visalia, California, United States
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Visalia, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This was an interesting place, but I think children would like it more. It's a neat collection of older "games" before video games existed. haha.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

We found this place strolling in Fisherman's Warf. What a jewel! There were three generations of our family and I want to say that we all had fun. Most of the games require a quarter but others only a nickle. It's free of charge. Allow at least two hours to see and enjoy the arcades and vintage games and exhibits

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Walker, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Bring your quarters - lots of them - and remember the pre video game era of pinball and such. It's worth the trip to see games up to 100 years old. It is a blast!

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Scottsdale
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15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Who would think that a trip to the yesteryear of games and technology would be such a surprisingly treat for young teens? They didn't want to leave! Fun for grandparents to see some of the "games" we played in the old days.

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Clarkston, WA
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My Wife and I went through here with a handful of quarters and had a great time. So many of the machines were so cool to look at. I highly recommend stopping in here and checking out some of the attractions. A great source of CHEAP once in a life time entertainment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

sure - games like 'execution' make you question what people used to do for fun - but this is an amazing way to spend some time. Take plenty of quarters and play the love testers, old school racing games, all sorts of amazing old school games. My partner and I looooved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I almost walked passed it without going in, but something lured me in and I'm thankful. So many fun arcade games and golden oldies.

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a collection of vintage mechanical machines that you are able to work with quarters. It is very interesting and fun, and there are all sorts of machines - from small ones that simply move a few things back and forth, to giant circus performances with enough moving parts to keep you engaged at least two times through. It's... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We stumbled upon this museum by accident and I'm glad we decided to walk through it. It's located at Pier 45 and has free admission. There are so many antique machines, it's like your walking into the past. There are several automated machines to change your bills into quarters if you want to play a game, take photos in the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This was a great stop while visiting Fisherman's Wharf. The Musee contains many, many unique and rare vintage mechanical machines. Some made us scratch our heads and others laugh out loud. The staff was extremely helpful and so nice to answer our questions and give us some additional information and history on the machines. It was the best part of... More 

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