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Musee Mecanique, San Francisco

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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. Our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site makes visiting Musee Mecanique and other San Francisco attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We stopped by here while wandering the pier area. It was a nice way to spend about 30-40 mins. You can play old time and more current game machines. I haven't played pinball since I was a kid, and....  more »
  • Located in fisherman’s wharf on the waterfront is this fun museum/arcade. Most games are a quarter. We spent about 45 mins here and had a fun time. Great for arcade fans.  more »
  • Absolutely loved this place! Fun for our 7 year old, 10 year old, 14 year old, and parents through our 80 year old relatives that came with us! We spent two hours here, and could've easily spent more time, but they had to close (and they even closed way later than their posted close time!). We all had so much fun, and many of the machines can be enjoyed by all with one coin. We probably spent $40-50 in quarters (yes, they give change there), between seven of us, so pretty cheap entertainment for a night out in San Francisco. This place was one of a kind for sure! Fabulous that the owners keep these turn of the century antique machines working well and accessible to the public. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
  • This place is awesome, I can't believe I almost missed it. It's unique and definitely worth spending at least 30 minutes or 1h checking it out. Lots of antique arcade machines that you can watch come to life with a quarter or two. Easily the highlight of my day at Fisherman's Wharf.

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