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Musee Mecanique

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-346-2000
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of...

This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of all ages.

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This is a fun place if you are into old time arcade and video games. For a few dollars, you can play all your old favorites.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fun place if you are into old time arcade and video games. For a few dollars, you can play all your old favorites.

Thank Chap
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I saw this by the Pier and remember reading about it. The place is cute, some machines didn't work. Most did. It was fun to take the kids to see. Full of all the old games you used to play.

Thank travelmom621
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A unique place, no less. Strange machines from early times, there are some very curious machines. Although the themes of the machines repeat a lot, it's cool to just see other people play. My favorite were the musical machines. There are photo booths!

Thank Omi U
Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

25 cents gets your fortune read by various old time swamies (1900s timeframe of toys). Think of the movie 'BIG' with Tom Hanks and him getting his fortune. That's what I'm talking about. Plus... pinball machines, strong man / test your strength, outrageous games of skill- try to get the ball in a hoop. My son and 12 yr old... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a great place to visit. Seeing all the "old" slot machines and toys some of which we grew up with and didn't think of as "that old".

Thank RATZnz
Avondale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite spots in SF. The arcade has plenty of old time games that are hard to find anywhere else. Sadly they have added some newer games but still has a great vibe.

Thank avondaledave
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is true that it is by the disgusting SF fisherman's wharf, but this place is also what makes visiting the gross wharf TOTALLY WORTH IT. It's free to walk around and look. It contains just about the weirdest, oddest, coolest arcade games you will ever see. It's super neat. Because there are so many old games there, you get... More 

Thank Lisa T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed making the antique machines work, and all for just 25 cents a go! The musical machines (pianolas) were fascinating and seemed well-maintained. There are no restrooms in the museum.

Thank LizLuton
Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many many interesting arcades, most of them actually working and playable. I liked especially those ancient mechanical ones (but the first digital are kind of ancient as well these days). Oh and if you are in SF for longer time and ever need bunch of quarters for washers/dryers, there is several machines at this place that can give you quarters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled into the Musee Mecanique while walking around Fishermans Wharf. It had so many old historical machines and arcade games for just a quarter. We got a kick out of the old self-playing pianos, dancing puppets, and 3D flip shows. It's a neat place to stop by if you appreciate history or want your fortune told.

Thank Valerie S

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