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Musee Mecanique

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Pier 45 Shed A, San Francisco, California 94133 USA (415) 346-2000

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Rated 4.0 June 21, 2014 Top Review!

Had a blast here today. Spent about an hour ($13 worth of play for two people) digging into this awesome collection. Tons of vintage mechanical sports games that are a lot of fun with two people, and some weird sideshow highlights such as a mechanical opium den and a group of farting cowboys. Yup, you heard that right. They have a few newer fussball and air hockey tables also, just because you have to really. Well worth checking out!

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Rated 5.0 June 23, 2014

Lots of fun to be had here. Your money can go a long way as most machines are only a quarter. Make sure to read the instructions on the machine BEFORE putting in your money though as doing some of them wrong means you lose out! Just quirks of these decades old things.

My favorite part of the day was when I beat James at bowling. Note how he does not mention this fact at all in his review.

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May 13, 2014

You will get lost for hours here. It is cheap as well: $5 got the two of us over an hour of joy.

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The Musee Mecanique is a collection of penny arcade games and related artifacts located in San Francisco, California.

The museum contains one of the world's largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines. Many exhibits are over 100 years old.

The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts located at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California. The museum owns over 300 mechanical machines, and is one of the largest privately owned collection of such games in the world.

The Musée Mécanique has a collection of more than 300 mechanical games including: music boxes, coin-operated fortune tellers, Mutoscopes, video games, love testers, player pianos, peep shows, photo booths, dioramas and more.  The museum displays about 200 of the machines at their current location. The museum has many rare and historical pieces. A large diorama of a traveling carnival with a ferris wheel and other rides sits in the center of the museum. The museum owns what is believed to be the only steam-powered motorcycle in the world, built in Sacramento, in 1912. The Royal Court diorama features couples ballroom dancing and was featured in the Panama–Pacific International Exposition. Laffing Sal, which has been described as "famously creepy", is a 6-foot-tall, laughing automaton and was originally located at the Fun House at Playland. The museum also owns a collection of machines made out of toothpicks by prisoners at Alcatraz.

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February 7, 2014

Lots of unique turn of the century arcade stuff, most is only 25cents to 50 cents.

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November 29, 2013

If the idea of turn of the century arcade stuff sounds fun, you'll love it!

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Rated 5.0 August 25, 2015

I had a wonderful time here. So many cool old games.

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