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Musee Mecanique, San Francisco

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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 fun thing about this is that you can visit for 5 minutes or 5 hours. If you like to see how old arcade machines worked, take a stroll through the building and drop some quarters in whatever strike...  more »
  • Very interesting to see all this old mechanics! Free admission and lots to see and play! Even I was alone because of a business trip, I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the exhibition a lot!  more »
  • This was good fun. I hadn't actually twigged that you could play the machines as well as just look at them. Good fun for all the family, whatever age. I doubt you'll spend long here but it is really w...  more »
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  • Lots of fun, bring cash to get quarters for the machines. Free to get in, but not free to play. There are some super old machines from the 1800's and newer video arcade games from the 90's. It's an amazing assortment of stuff in one place. My favorite was the shooting games using an old 22 rifle, converted of course to be safe, but it was still a real hoot. You could spend a good couple of hours in here being entertained.
  • Seriously my favorite tourist spot in SF. Has great machines. Its super fun and inviting. Everyone ages 0-100 can go and have fun and make memories or tell memories about the machines. Its affordable. Its just the best.
  • It's incredible that they have such old antique machines still working and have it open to the public to use... great way to see how people played arcade games back in the day and takes you back in time as you step through the doors. Don't forget to stop by here if you're in the area.
  • Wow, this place was unexpectedly mind-blowing. Want to look at girlie photos from the early years of photography? Play vintage Atari? Look at a clumsy adorable mechanical diorama of a "working farm" from Depression Era? See how 'strong ' your kiss is, or have your fortune told by terrifying Zoltar robots? This is the place.
  • It's free to enter, but if you want to see any of the many arcade machines go, you will need to spend some quarters. They really do have a wide assortment of exhibits and some interesting information about things like the exhibition at Treasure Island and the history of some parks and fairs around the area. For kids and adults alike, you can play skeeball and vintage 80s arcade games. Adults may be interested in some of the older arcade attractions. (Some kids might also find the farting cowboy diorama entertaining.)