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. 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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  • Weird and quirky. Bring quarters and hand sanitizer. Lots of old and unique games. It's free to enter.  more »
  • This free museum would be fun for the young and young-at-heart. Families would have a great time playing games, some that hearken back to the 1800s, others that will transport visitors to their childh...  more »
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  • What an amazing collection of antique and more recent (but extinct) video games! For just a quarter in most cases I was able to sample a little piece of history to experience what someone 100 years ago would have seen when they were out for some fun at an arcade. I was also able to play some amazing 1980s that took me back to my childhood. A great hour or two can be spent here for little expense but with a big impact. Lots of smiles all around from my family. Can't wait to visit again!
  • Seemed like Gold Rush-era arcade games and you can wander around the place for free. "Opium den" was really popular for some reason. I deposited my 25 cents and a giant serpent emerged from the dark. My favorite was hearing/seeing music played by all sorts of ancient instruments -- all for 25 cents. My son liked the one with the dancing, farting men. Creepy and fascinating at the same time!
  • Not just for kids! This place is so unique and interesting for all ages. Whoever keeps up the machines does a fantastic job. I was amazed that I could actually use the arcade games from the 1800s and not just look at them. Most games are still only a quarter and you can get change for cash in the back where there is always a working attendant (we didn’t want to put $20 into the quarter machine so we got change easily).
  • I love arcades. Classic arcades, fun place to bring back memories for both adults and kids. Fun for family and a great date spot! You can then enjoy Fisherman's Wharf after the game. So many other things to do around the area. Restroom can be a little hard to find.
  • Free admission to one of my favourite museums in the whole world! This place maintains a large collection of antique arcade games and coin operated puppet shows. It's one of a kind, and I think anyone can appreciate it's significance. They don't have a gift shop, but there is a vending machine that sells DVDs and CDs about the history of San Francisco's forgotten amusement park.

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