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“A blast from the past”
Review of Musee Mecanique

Musee Mecanique
Ranked #24 of 569 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of all ages.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 September 2012

We stumbled into this museum while enjoying a snack on Fisherman's Wharf. It's full of old arcade games, which you can play. Some were of course more fun than others, but since it's free to get in, and you can enjoy watching machines others are playing, it's an inexpensive way to have some fun and recall some of your youth.

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

We enjoyed looking at the variety of game/entertainment machines. Almost all of them are still operable (if you have money). There were a lot of machines and visitors, but it was not crowded.

We were expecting a quieter, more traditional museum set-up, but this is in an old warehouse. Go for the machines, but don't expect much atmosphere or exhibit placards/history/etc.

Thank AdventureFamily42
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

$5 worth of quarters and you've got a fun diversion for about 30 minutes or so. The historical machines were fun to see and interact. The bowling lane machine at the very back was awesome.

Thank innocntiis
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

I've visited Musee Mechanique twice, and while it's at the less pleasant end of Fishermen's Wharf, it's an easy place to visit on the way from the cable car to Pier 39. Entry is free, and there are working arcade machines from all eras - from mechanical fortune telling machines right up to modern Japanese photo sticker booths. There are change machines in the building, so don't worry if you don't have much cash. Even if you're not into arcades, this is a little treasure trove of wonderful little games that's well worth a visit.

Thank science_299
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

The Musee Mecanique in San Francisco was an interesting collection of coin operated, self operating, music playing machines, old penny arcade machines, and vintage carnival and amusement park attractions. It was something completely different. Free admission, but a quarter to run each machine dating back to the early 1900's. Many new video arcade and in ball machine are there too. Lots of fun for the family, and may be a good choice for the kids to blow off some steam. Easy to find near Fisherman'd Wharf right at the the Submarine and Liberty ship display piers.

Thank Werner L
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