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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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Ranked #24 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 young children, Activities for older children
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

For anyone over about 50, this is a wonderful place. Iam, and it was! I love the old style pinball games and they have plenty here, along with many many retro games, many simply the old mechanical type. The machines take quarters, but no need to carry heaps of change. There is a machine that will exchange the folding stuff... More

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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The Musee Mechanique is full of vintage treasures dating back a century, full of old games and machinations that amaze and boggle. A lot of the machines are still in fantastic shape and are kept really well considering the age and foot traffic. Load up with quarters and try any and everything that peaks your interest, it's well worth it.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We didn't know this was here and wandered in by chance. What a fantastic place! Stayed for hours. Our daughter loved playing the old games and we enjoyed seeing some of the games and attractions from our childhood. Loved the old fortune tellers, dancing clowns and horse races. Being able to play most of these games for a quarter was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Before arcades and video games , games like this existed and it is fascinating, and worth seeing. I think many people may find it sort of fun to play some of these games.

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Accrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We wandered into here purely by chance.....IT WAS AMAZING!!!! Lots of old mechanical and arcade games, most of which are in working order and playable. It was a real blast from the past wandering round, seeing all the old games like phoenix, pole position, whack a mole and tons more. It was just a shame we didn't have more time... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

We spent some time looking around and found many things that modern children now would has never seen or even understood. Plenty on objects / machines/ old style picture machine long gone. Plenty on people looking around all ages enjoying the time young and old ( even us60+) ..good plain fun .. Well done

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Are you an engineer? Feel like one in Musee Mecanique! Understand how your great grandfather playing 'video game'... Use your coins to have a great time with your Family and interact in these first pinball and arcade machines.

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was the best part of Fishermans Wharf. My wife and I spent almost an hour in the arcade enjoying old games and taking in some real history. I was really surprised by how much fun it was.‎

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

comprised of old vintage games, like fortune tellers. games take 1 or 2 quaters. very different and well maintained.

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Great place to revisit your childhood. Plenty of classic arcade games and some real antiques that many have probably never heard of. Fun to see how far technology has come over time. Free admission and the machines even take quarters. One of the only non-touristy places in Fisherman's Wharf. Even if you don't want to play the games, they are... More

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