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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 #25 of 362 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Lincolnshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Take along plenty of small change to make the most of the old games and arcade machines. A bit of a maze of a place, but plenty to discover.

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Portland, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a fun way to travel back in time. It's located in a large warehouse type building which is filled with hundreds of antique (and a few newer) games and attractions. Some are sort of creepy. Most cost .50 cents some more, some less. I changed a $5 bill and only spend about $3-3.50. It's interesting to see the... More

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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Great amount of old money sucking machines. Great fun for only a quarter at a time! Lots of these machines has not been seen around the block for many decades.

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Agoura, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This warehouse is full of old pinball machines, and arcade games. There are change machines to get quarters, and all ages will have some fun. Some of the machines are very old, yet work amazingly well.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place is really entertaining - for both kiddies and adults. We had just as much fun as our four year old. It's amazing how old the machines are and they all work perfectly fine. Don't worry about having enough quarters as there are several coin changing machines around. Best part? It's cheap fun!

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We really enjoyed walking through and dropping quarters into the machines. They have cash change machines throughout much to our relief as we didn't have any quarters. Games are a fun mix of old arcade games right through to old dancing monkeys and palm reader machines. We would highly recommend all ages to check this place out. Cheap fun. Just... More

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Monterey, California
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This little museum tuck along the water front offers a rare glimpse at antique coin op machine and arcade games many of the like were seen at the long gone Playland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Stop in out of the sun and found a magical world. Admission is free and for a quarter or two you can actually use the machines.

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Long Beach, California
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our grandson, who lives in San Francisco, asked us to take him to the Musee Mecanique and we were glad he did. The museum is a jumbled history of arcade games most of which can still be played. We spent several hours there playing machines from our own youth (the 1950s and 60s) and being amazed at machines from the... More

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McHenry, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This place is a blast! So many cool vintage games and old time mechanical amusements. Some really strange and creepy ones, too. Tried a ton of them, but ended up playing Indiana Jones pinball for a while. So much fun! Definitely worth a stop in!

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