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Musee Mecanique

Address: Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-346-2000
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Ranked #15 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner 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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Aukra Municipality, Norway
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is brilliant, interesting and amusing. We were having so much fun playing on those machines that we forgot about time :) everything is well maintained and no one bothers you, which is amazing.

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Fairfield, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

free admission, right next to Fisherman's Wharf, lots of historic coin-operated machines along with a few classic arcade games. Most games are 25 - 50 cents. No prizes, but still a good time can be had by the whole family.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting museum of antique games that can be played. In the back of the building is most modern games much like an arcade. They have a few machines that will exchange dollars for quarters. All of them take quarters. I would not make special trip to the pier just for this attraction. There is other things... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Remember to get a lot of quarters at the machines when you enter the place. It's fun to see the antique machines that once amused so many people along boardwalks and carnivals around the world. Challenge someone to "arm wrestle" or listen to tinny music while puppets "dance". See what appears to be "moving pictures" of a horse running and... More 

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Montrose, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place has lots of old and antique machines. Bring lots of bills since you will need many quarters to really enjoy these things. A few pennies will be good too if you are into squishing pennies. The electric shock games are fun and not hard like you might think. I feel like people used to be much more afraid... More 

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Fort St. John, Canada
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115 reviews 115 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

What an impressive collection of old games and fun machines! Well maintained and they run on a quarter or two. The place wasn't crowded and you could see how much fun people were having! A cheap and fun time out from weather or walking. Something for the whole family here! Hopefully it's maintained for years to come1

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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is the perfect place to rest and have fun after walking on the Pier39. In the museum there is a large collection of coin operated machines from the last 60 years...ideal for all ages and all kind of people! Strongly suggested!

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Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This was a trip down memory lane and my two sons loved the range of machines here, some of which were quite simple but bought great laughter. My youngest loved a puppet dancing machine and we all had a go at the arm wrestle and the skeet ball. What a wonderful place. I hope it lasts for generations.

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San Bruno, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Musee Mecanique used to be by the Cliff House in San Francisco, but got a lot larger in their new location at Fisherman's Wharf. This is a great place to go and spend a few hours checking out old classic coin-operated machines and even some newer ones too. Very cool place!!

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Elk Grove, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is the place where you take yer little GENERATION Z (ZIP-Heads as I call them) grand kids and make fun of their new Play Station 5.0s & XBOX 4Ks "See that little space in the corner, Randolf? I'm reserving that for you and all your little 'game cartridges'.... Seriously, you have to look for this (it used to be... More 

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