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“free, fun, fantastic, phantasmagoric” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musee Mecanique

Musee Mecanique
Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
415-346-2000
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Ranked #23 of 373 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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 young children, Activities for older children
San Francisco, USA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“free, fun, fantastic, phantasmagoric”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Free, fun, fantastic, fabulous, and phantasmagoric, the Musee Mecanique is definitely worth checking out.

Visited August 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Retro arcade.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Airy space gives this 'curio-seum' a great display stage for oddball arcade machines.

Two-thirds are mechanical gizmos. One third are video booths circa 'Space Invaders' period. All are apparently in working order, with the help of quarters.

Admission is indeed free, but refrain yourself from mindlessly feeding the slot. After all, save the change to ride the BART home.

The atmosphere is festive, creepy, and fascinating. This is state of the art entertainment for its time. Who knows: in twenty years, you could be seeing your Iphone 5 and its Angry Birds app on display!

Visited July 2013
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chicago
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

After spending two days in San Francisco, wandering the various shops,attractions and the like I saw the entrance to this building and recalled I had tagged it here on trip advisor. My family had a blast in this place and would recommend a visit. This place is a fantastic find and can only be described as a great time had by all without breaking your wallet. A MUST DO.

Visited August 2013
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Good Free, Educational, Silly, Sometimes Creepy, Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I wandered into this building when I saw the words "Free Admission". What a fun little gem this place is in Fisherman's Wharf! The machines cost anywhere from $0.25 to a couple dollars, depending on the size and length of the entertainment. I paid a quarter to watch little cowboy dolls fart around a campfire. I also paid a quarter to watch a very creepy clown laugh his butt off at me, and found I couldn't help but laugh back. There are boards describing the evolution of the arcade game and mechanical entertainment. They do have modern day arcade games in the back for the younger set who might not understand the appeal of watching miniatures move in a limited range of motion, but we avoided them. Also a nice selection of elongated penny machines, which I collect and enjoy. Best $5.00 I spent at the Wharf!

Visited August 2013
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New Jersey
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“Fun Way to Spend Your Pocket Change”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We spent about an hour here and had an enjoyable time. It was neat to see the old games that still worked and even more fun to play them. I think the modern games that were scattered about ruined the ambiance a little- you can play those games at any arcade, I don't think they served a purpose there. Even if you don't stay long or don't play any games, this place is worth a look.

We especially enjoyed taking in the "games" that simply played music or acted out a scene- back in the day people didn't need fancy technology or bells and whistles to be entertained!

Visited March 2013
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