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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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  • it's free for visiting if you want to play the machines cost 25 cents per game. you will feel like coming back when you were younger. Loved it.  more »
  • This museum is a really fun place to explore and play some old arcade games. It's a large warehouse filled with hundreds (thousands?) of old-timey carnival and arcade games, most of which are function...  more »
  • What an awesome find! The name doesn't really give away what you will find inside. It's a free "museum" of sorts - all kinds of vintage arcade games and machines with some dating back several decades....  more »
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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.