Musee Mecanique, San Francisco

4.5
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Experience the entertainment of the past at Musee Mecanique, while interacting with Ed Zelinsky’s personal collection of 20th-century penny arcade games, music boxes, photo booths, and other coin-operated wonders. The museum pays homage to this impressive assortment that he began at the age of 11 and continued to add to throughout his life. Now grown to hundreds of antique machines, it is one of the largest of its type in the world. Although entrance is free, be sure to bring your spare change so you can try your luck out on some of the games. Our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site makes visiting Musee Mecanique and other San Francisco attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • 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...  more »
  • What an amazing spot! A playable history of mechanical amusements. Games are cheap to play and fun. Incredibly well maintained games, especially for their age. Polite and inviting staff that talked w....  more »
  • Kids of all ages will enjoy this active museum but remmember you must bring a lot of coins to make it worth while  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this place! Fun for our 7 year old, 10 year old, 14 year old, and parents through our 80 year old relatives that came with us! We spent two hours here, and could've easily spent more time, but they had to close (and they even closed way later than their posted close time!). We all had so much fun, and many of the machines can be enjoyed by all with one coin. We probably spent $40-50 in quarters (yes, they give change there), between seven of us, so pretty cheap entertainment for a night out in San Francisco. This place was one of a kind for sure! Fabulous that the owners keep these turn of the century antique machines working well and accessible to the public. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
  • This place is awesome, I can't believe I almost missed it. It's unique and definitely worth spending at least 30 minutes or 1h checking it out. Lots of antique arcade machines that you can watch come to life with a quarter or two. Easily the highlight of my day at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • I thought this was a really cool spot that isn't widely mentioned. A warehouse type building at the corner or Fisherman's Wharf that can easily go overlooked. It's free to go in but the games that can still be played take quarters only, old school style. There are dozens of antique games in the museum and some you can still play. It's interesting to see how far games have come.
  • such an amazing arcade/display of old machines. everything is so cheap and it’s such a fun spot to get your love tested & palm read or watch a wooden dancer or carnival scene from the early 1900s for no more than 50 cents. fascinating artifacts mix with fun arcade games means a great time for everyone! definitely recommend the self-playing piano
  • It was a good way to pass some time. Couldn't believe these antique and vintage mechanical machines still work. Also electric pinball machines, and electronic video games such as PacMan and Asteroids. And most play for 25 or 50 cents. There is a clean public restroom on the adjacent garage.

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