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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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  • I've been to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas and the Silverball in Asbury Park and this place is of a different order entirely. Historically, its collection is deeper and far more eclectic than thes...  more »
  • I really respect what the people who run this place are trying to do. With free entry and as many of the vintage games and novelties kept in working order as possible, this is an unusual and worthwhil...  more »
  • Various machines of all time are exposed there. steam machines, those pianos that play alone and that we see in Western movies. anyway ... a very interesting site! You need to go!
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  • Well worth a visit. They have a great selection of old arcade machines. Some are pretty creepy and admission is free. There's a machine to change dollar bills into coins to see the machines work, usually around 25c.
  • Time travel! Takes you into another world and let's you have a very pleasant time. Love that they not only preserved all these machines but restored them to be fully functional relics of good times. Great place for a date, a day out with some friends or even a stop on a day out with the family.
  • Musée Mécanique San Francisco has a submarine from World War II next to the seafood bistros, boiling crab shacks with claws and melted butter, and Boudin's Bakery, the vintage arcade is in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf as if another museum is made available with amazing views of Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the ferries that float over to Larkspur and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The clam chowder soup is fresh and served in fresh baked sourdough bread rolls. The arcade catches tourists by surprise, because most enjoying the walk from the crab pier by the wharf to Pier 39 find the surprise unexpected as arcade games with black and white moving picture machines capture an era dating back to the 1906 Earthquake at the turn of the century that defined San Francisco, California. If you walk away from the arcade directly south on Taylor, you will find yourself in the Italian neighborhood of North Beach, soon Chinatown across Broadway, and into the heart of Downtown San Francisco near Market Street.
  • I love the old arcade games! All of that stuff is amazing! I will always go there to keep that place alive! I would love to take kids when I have them
  • The Musee is such a unique place to visit. Being so centrally located it is easy to get to. I recommend this to every person who goes to SF. It would be hard to find something like this museum somewhere else. Go here instead of wasting your time with the normal touristy stuff in the Wharf.