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Musee Mecanique, San Francisco

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4.5/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Musee Mecanique and get the most from your holiday in San Francisco, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Francisco itinerary planner.
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  • The coolest thing we saw was the steam engine motorcycle. Outside of that it was just okay, but I'm not an arcade girl. Almost all the exhibits were interactive and functional. There's no entry fee, b...  read more »
  • I'm not a fan of slot machines of any form, but when I by chance at Pier 45 at Fisherman Wharf's came across this "rundown game Hall" and actually entered it without interest, I was minutes from within less. You feel probably half a century back, very quickly to some decades, if one engages in these "gadgets". A long ago died believed childhood feeling suddenly turns and pleased at this part really witty, historic machines that work still with a quarter. It's a cheap pleasure, but it made me/us to have fun. I would like to invite all who have hidden somewhere even a small vein of child's play, in this Hall.
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  • The dolls and other arcade games will definitely take you back to your child hood. Some of the games are a little graphic (i.e. watching a London hanging). The place has plenty of machines that conver...  read more »
  • I saw this place on the travel channel and I was so excited to come and see all of the old-timey entertainments. We spent over an hour without realizing it, we were having so much fun, there are old and new amusements for the whole family. I was most interested in the historic connection, I love seeing things that came before and kept our grandparents and great-grandparents coming to the arcade in their day.
  • A great inexpensive way to have fun and check out some vintage games on the pier. It's great that you can actually play the games instead of looking at them through a glass display. As everything in Fisherman's Wharf, it's very crowded, but there were no lines for any games on the weekend.
  • Despite being packed shoulder to shoulder with tourists, this place was a real treat. Essentially, it's a free-to-enter museum, but everything is playable like an arcade. Dozens of classic video games and pinball machines, peep shows, huge dioramas, strength testers, fortune telling machines, and other oddities. They also had at least a dozen "player piano" machines with all kinds of instruments. My group of 5 easily killed 45 minutes here while waiting for our restaurant reservation. My $5 in quarters went a long way with most "exhibits" costing a single quarter.
  • Great fun and for not too much money. A handful of quarters is good for the old amusement machines and antique music players. Has some newer retro games too. Can get crowded at times.
  • Free admission. Great museum. We had a lot of fun playing with the old "arcade" games. Most interactives are $0.25, we didn't end up spending much money, as we saw a lot of interactives just by walking by others playing them. There are also new arcade games to be played too.
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