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Marvin's Marvelous Museum

31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sun 11a
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“1 of the 100 most unusual museums in the U.S”

Marvin Yogada is a man with a very particular obsession. For most of his life Marvin has been collecting every marvelous mechanical doodad, weird oddity, and all the electrical apparatus that he can get his hands on. His collection grew so large, in fact, that it filled a 5,500-square-foot building, and that's when Marvin decided to share his wonderfully weird collection with the world.

For over 50 years, Marvin Yogada has been the curator of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farminton Hills, Michigan. From the floor to the top of the 40-foot ceilings, the museum is bursting at the seams with mechanical fortune tellers, boardwalk carousels, and other unusual toys. He even owns an electric chair from Sing Sing Prison that was used in over 30 executions, as well as a "food inspector automaton" that vomits into milk bottles all day.

There are over 1000 electrical outlets powering the assortment of clattering devices, buzzing oddities, and talking animatronic robots that Marvin has unearthed during his travels around the world. Marvin also encourages many of his visitors to come with pockets full of coins because many of the coin-operated contraptions still work.

One of the most rare of treasures on display at the Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is P.T. Barnum's legendary Cardiff Giant. On October 16, 1869 a group of workers unearthed a 10-foot tall petrified man behind a barn in Cardiff, NY. The body was put on display, and for 25 cents, men, women, and children got a first-hand look at the very strange discovery. The giant became an overnight success with curiosity seekers coming from far and wide just to catch a peek.


1 of the 100 most unusual museums in the U.S. "Open since 1990, Marvin has been collecting vintage-coin operated machines since 1960. He constantly adds more, packing things tighter, shifting around games and kid rides. It is listed in the World Almanac's 100 most unusual museums in the U.S."

  If you like magic posters, neon, antiques, advertisings, ceiling fans, slot machines, memorabilia, robots, airplanes, animation, then this is the place to visit. Coin operated games from the oldest gypsy fortune-telling machines to the early 1900's to the latest in laser hologram video games of the 1990's are. Computer operated animated shows too.

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Reviewed by
armbruster

  • 6 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 1, 2014

This guy, Marvin, is off the hook. There are such gruesome unusual oddities at this place! It is hard to see/experience everything; he needs a bigger space!! Come with quarters and place every machine old and new at this place. No place like it on Earth!!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
celestenadeausarvata

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 23, 2017

This museum is now closed

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

  • Road Warrior
  • 299 Reviews
  • 321 Helpful
July 25, 2014
Rated 4.0

There are over 1000 electrical outlets powering the assortment of clattering devices, buzzing oddities, and talking animatronic robots, Marvin has unearthed during his travels around the world. Marvin also encourages many of his visitors to come with pockets full of coins because many of them still work.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
CampChefalo

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
December 21, 2014

This was our first stop on a 5,000 mile road trip. It was a great place to get out of the car, laugh and have fun. Bring coins and more than you think. Great mix of new and old games

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stacey

  • Foodie
  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 19, 2013

Love this place! Stop in every time I am in the area.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ReiStarr

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Bring your quarters and have fun! This is such a fun and quirky place! The owner is more than happy to tell you about hours machines too! He's just as odd and quirky as his business, a true character!

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RetroGardenParty

  • 20 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 18, 2016

If you are in the Detroit area, you HAVE to stop at Marvin's and see the vintage machines. If vintage or unique does not strike your fancy, there are plenty of modern arcade machines as well. Read my full review at https://theoffbeatpath.net/2016/04/22/marvins-marvelous-mechanical-museum/ .

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Reviewed by
janeennicole

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 14, 2016
Rated 4.0

This place was so odd! Has a good collection of newer arcade items for kids but the collection of old arcade games from the 30s, 40s and on were so cool!!! Hubby and I had a great time exploring!

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Marvin's Marvelous Museum

31005 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, Michigan
48334 USA

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  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
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  • No Wifi
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