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Musee Mecanique

Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #23 of 377 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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Budapest, Hungary
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169 reviews 169 reviews
52 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This place is located on Pier 45, which is very close to the famous 39 one. So if you are planning to go to 39, then find at least 1 hour to come and visit Musee Mecanique, which is full of old video and mechanical arcade games. At first, it is free to enter Musee Mecanique. So if you are... More

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I wouldn't recommend this attraction if you are short on time.....but if you are a frequent visitor to SF and have not been here....you should go! I guess this could be considered a museum since it does display a collection of antique arcade games.......but you can touch all of them! A great way to spend an hour or two dropping... More

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It was so much fun to see and use the old coin operated machines. I have never seen another place like it and will always remember my experience being able to use them.

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Fremont, California
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1,149 reviews 1,149 reviews
715 attraction reviews
795 helpful votes 795 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a fun small museum to visit dedicaed to older arcade games. It is one of the largest such museum in the world so one will probably see some unique games they have never seen before. ' We enjoy visiting; we have watched very young to seniors having a good time here. The admission to the museum is free;... More

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This isn't your grand fathers arcade. Oh wait, maybe it is. Stumbled upon this place while walking the wharf. We spent over an hour in here and had so much fun.The machines from the 1800's and early 1900's were very interesting. Some of them a bit creepy. Loved the machines from the 80's and 90's. Most of the machines were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place was one of the highlight of our trips! I know kind of weird that we would say that, but once you step through the doors you will be amazed at all the antique mechanical machines. I loved watching everything move back and forth. There are plenty of change machines to change cash into quarters

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western ma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

stopped in here while waiting for our cruise and had fun trying some of the old games. Part museum and part arcade. Great carnival type of atmosphere. Free entry and then you pay for the games starting at $.25. Loved looking at the old wooden ones!

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New England
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

So much arcade history here. Our family spent an hour and a few dollars of quarters here playing the old games. Many of the games are over 100 years old but it's so cool to see and try them. How awesome that they are all working. My daughters loved the arm wrestling machine that Julie Andrews tried in the Princess... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We loved this place at Fishermans Wharf! What great fun to reminisce with the old slot machines and gaming machines, the majority of which actually worked for a dime! You could spend literally ages here. We would highly recommend a visit; it is fun for all the family!

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Paranaque, Philippines
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119 reviews 119 reviews
40 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It is both so out of place and so appropriately placed. My 18-year old son and I were just walking around when we stumbled upon Musee Mecanique. We weren't even sure people could enter. It has an unassuming facade and looks like a warehouse (in the middle of a resto-filled tourist district). It was quite amazing though. Prior to this,... More

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