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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 #22 of 374 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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Humboldt County, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Wantagh, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Really cool collection of vintage arcade games from many decades assembled under one roof! The oldest machines, from the 1910s and 20s, include player pianos, fortune tellers and mechanical figures that still move and dance, all for a quarter or two. There were also interesting exhibits about the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair and the waterfront amusement parks that used... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place has some very old machines and all are well-maintained. If you grew up near an old time arcade you will love it. Reminded me of some old east coast beach-front arcades from the 60's and 70's.

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place was brilliant. So much fun for such a small price. We stayed for ages just playing with the quarters. Hint - take some hand sanitiser as you handle a lot of old equipment that many others are using, and you handle a lot of coins. Your hands get very grimy. Still fun but - particularly the Indiana Jones... More

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Benton
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38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is building is filled with older arcade games and newer type arcade games but not the newest which makes it interesting for adults. It is a free admission museum located right near the Wharf and is open every day of the week. It has hundreds of penny arcade games and music machines. They take coins to play and there... More

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minneapolis
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Every vintage game you could imagine and more! I played Ms. Pacman on a daily basis for hours in the arcade as a kid, and I was able to play it again with my son. Super fun!

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Grand Rapids, MI
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My son really liked this museum- he's into video games. Husband and I found the variety of old games interesting from a historical perspective. I was surprised by the number of 'games' that had themes of execution in them. Kinda creepy. The space was pretty small and crowded. Not a lot of air movement and many sweaty people close together... More

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Kentucky
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28 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A very fun place for kids.Full of antique coin operated machines.My daughter loved it since they shot a part of "Princess Diaries" here with Anne Hathaway.Be prepared with a lot of coins! They go very quickly.If you have kids- I would not miss it.Located near Fisherman's Wharf.

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Vancouver, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This 'museum' near fisherman's wharf is a free,fun place to spend some time. The antique arcade games are interesting and fun to play:) Imagine it would be fun for kids, as it was fun for kids at heart;)

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