Musee Mecanique
Musee Mecanique
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of all ages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • I-pinion
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Fashioned Fun
    We were surprised how fun this place was. Really old Arcade style games- many can be played for $0.25! And most of them worked. Some newer video games too, but even our teen preferred the old ones. Don’t pass this by!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Randy L
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Games of Your Parents ‘ Youth
    The museum is fully of old mechanical games from over 100 years vintage to 1990. It’s addictive as you move from one to another—all in working order. We went back three times. The only cost is the 25 cents to one dollar to play. Amazing! Located near Pier 39.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Carrie P
    246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, quirky place you should check out if at Fisherman's Wharf!
    What a fun surprise! We were walking along the pier and happened to see this place and wandered in to check it out. It was so much fun and the machines are in such great condition. We spent a couple of dollars to try out some and were glad we did. Thanks for preserving a little piece of eccentric history!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
  • 63impala
    Stoneham, Massachusetts1,366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place!!
    This is a must stop if you are at Fishermans Wharf. The eclectic selection of games and amusements is incredible. There are machines from the late 1800's all the way up to the 1980's and beyond. There is really something about seeing there old machines perform their magic.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Clay G
    Chicago, Illinois898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and Games
    I have nothing bad to say. It's basically an arcade but also a museum. You can play pretty much everything there for a nominal price but a lot of it's just cool to look at. Also you can win little prizes in some of them and look at how happy I look.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Jane C
    Beauly, United Kingdom235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical - could have spent days here.
    Magical - loved it so much we're going back for another look. Like a trip into my childhood with all these mechanical toys, but also a fascinating insight into life before mobile phones! A real treasure of a place.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 17, 2024
  • billk1954
    Parker, Colorado293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could Have Spent All Day Here!
    What a great find Musee Mecanique was on our trip to San Francisco last week. I had no idea there was such a place as a museum/arcade that featured games of skill, nickelodeons and player pianos, and vintage video games (original "Pong"!) - some that date back about 100 years. And you can actually play them!! I grew up playing pinball machines and it was a blast reliving those times while playing the old time baseball and bowling games. Admission is free and there are plenty of change machines available to exchange bills for quarters. What a blast from the past!!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 22, 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun Step Back in Time
    Visited 10/06/2023 Fabulous hidden gem in Fisherman's Wharf. We loved looking at and playing on the old style arcade games that have been lovingly retro-fitted for modern coins. A museum of fun, and was a surprise find during our walk around the Wharf. Would recommend popping in for a visit to have fun back in time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2024
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steve
phoenix, Arizona, USA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
With each passing year as we advance into digital gaming, these relics become more amazing. It's fun to imagine the creative talent required to construct some of these mechanical beauties. I think some of them have seen better days in terms of performance. Nonetheless, certainly worth a quick visit for anyone mechanically inclined or inquisitive.
Written January 19, 2020
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Poppy Mae
Windsor, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
This museum is a collection of vintage arcade games of which were collected over time and positioned in this warehouse for the enjoyment of the public. Our personal favourite was the multiple photo booths scattered around. There were a few issues with the printing, but their maintenance worker didn’t stop until it was fixed and even gave us dollars to test the machine with and gave us the pictures for free. He rides around on rollerscates and is really a sight to watch and also hold a conversation with. He has an abundance of information on San Francisco and the local area, as well as the history of the museum. Just make sure you take quarters when you visit!
Written July 14, 2020
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broketraveler
Parksville, KY238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a super cool place! We accidentally wandered in while looking around fisherman warf which was pretty desolate. Lots of old games which were interesting but also new games as well. Only 50 cents a game. It’s free to get in and worth looking around at the old games if you don’t like playing. But there is everything from pinball and air hockey to Pac-Man
Written June 19, 2021
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TravelingSwan
Concord, CA58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Arcade games from the past, measure your strength, how in love are you? These are a couple of the old games they have there. You can really see the original pin ball machines and learn a bit about history as well. It can be pretty busy with lots of kids running wild depending on when you go
Written April 13, 2021
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welikethecoast
Chico, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is probably on of the least expensive and most unique tourist attraction in SF.

I like this place so much that I'm having a hard time writing about it because everything I come up sounds diminishing or contrived. This is a glimpse at history that is in some ways static and in other ways interactive. It lets you experience things that children marveled at over 100 years ago and to see things that were considered interesting enough to hand build into mechanical representation. I love this place and if you are interested in history and have an inner child, you'll love it too.
Written August 7, 2021
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Tabitha
Cuyahoga Falls, OH342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This place was a hit with the kids. All kinds of old machines and games from arcades. Free to enter and pay for what you want to or watch others who put money in the old machines. Crazy that some of these are actually still working! Great to visit if you are waiting for a ferry or rainy day!
Written August 21, 2022
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billk1954
Parker, CO293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
What a great find Musee Mecanique was on our trip to San Francisco last week. I had no idea there was such a place as a museum/arcade that featured games of skill, nickelodeons and player pianos, and vintage video games (original "Pong"!) - some that date back about 100 years. And you can actually play them!! I grew up playing pinball machines and it was a blast reliving those times while playing the old time baseball and bowling games. Admission is free and there are plenty of change machines available to exchange bills for quarters. What a blast from the past!!
Written May 22, 2024
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JJJC_Family
Virginia775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you love old amusement park games from the old arcades and you want to swim in nostalgia and even history, this is the place for you. Everything you could want is here - pinball machines, PacMan, Space Invaders and its ilk, Skee Ball, ancient baseball batting like pinball machines, juke boxes & their various predecessors, picture booths - only $5 now for 4 shots and for black & white ( talk about inflation ), a man's personal version of a circus mechanized, etc., etc., etc. I thought we'd spend a half an hour, but it was so large and so fascinating, we probably spent two hours there or more. Strangely, it will be one of the most vivid memories of a trip that included all four of the main islands of Hawaii, San Francisco, Carmel, Big Sur and more. Perhaps because it's one of a kind. And it's a kind I like.
Written December 13, 2022
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Paradise Lost
Burnet, TX170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Wow, this was so much fun! Such unique old games, some more modern ones, and my favorite were the pinball machines. You really must at least stop by and check it out, and most games are 50 cents or less. Our whole family loved it, 13-65 years old all included!
Written March 13, 2022
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Amcase83
Snoqualmie, WA28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We stopped by here while wandering the pier area. It was a nice way to spend about 30-40 mins. You can play old time and more current game machines. I haven't played pinball since I was a kid, and they had several old pinball machines. The games all range from 25 cent to a dollar and they have change machines. It's worth stopping in.
Written September 11, 2021
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