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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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  • Couldn't resist calling in to see this collection of games and gadgets. Our teenagers would have stayed all day, trying out all the old machines that us older generation grew up with. Well worth rropp...  more »
  • My kids love this place. When going back to San Francisco recently, it was the one place they wanted to make sure we stopped at. I am not sure why as I don't find the old fashioned games all that ente...  more »
  • What a great find, tucked away is this little gem of a museum, very interesting and some beautiful pieces, and free! Plenty of the exhibits are hands on and the collection is varied covering a wide ti...  more »
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  • I love this place! I can spend hours here! When you walk in, it feels like you've been transported into the past. Your money is well spent here-the place is well kept and the machines are well maintained. Bring the kiddies and the grown-ups. Don't worry about bringing change. The change machine works.
  • Phenomenal little gem tucked away on the pier. Plenty of change machines, so as long as you have cash, there's no need to worry about quarters. Hundreds of classic pinball and mechanical games as well as vintage machines, nearly all of which are in working condition. Highly recommend checking it out!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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