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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 #23 of 359 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 older children, Activities for young children
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

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
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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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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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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This was not an expected part of the trip. Saw it walking by and went in. It is amazing. Games from all ages. I really loved the Indiana Jones pinball. And some of the older games. Kids would really love this place.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

A real blast from the past lovingly maintained - fantastic old style games and couldn't help laughing at the windy cowboys! A real hidden gem that will entertain young and old

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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

It is a steampunk heaven, they actually have all these machines! A lot of complex and fully operational vintage mechanical devices, most of them you can activate by 1-2 quarters (no need to bring coins - there are machines to convert your bills to quarters). They even have a steam motorcycle. Except that there are some vintage computer game machines... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

What a cool place! The whole family enjoyed this blast from the past. The games were all in really great shape, and almost 100% in good working order. It was really fun to see the kids' reactions to some of the games. I started off just watching, but ended up playing as much as the kids. Lots of fun. Highly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We had such a great time looking at some really old, some creepy, vintage arcade games. This place has a little of everything. What a blast!

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