Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, Farmington

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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, is devoted to a huge collection of coin-operated animatronic dummies, mechanical games and other oddities. Exhibits include, for example, the classic gypsy Fortune teller machine that used to grace many a carnival sideshow. Most of the machines still function, so visitors are encouraged to bring change. Marvin's is open 365 days a year.

The museum's founder, Marvin Yagoda, had been collecting the items that populate the 5,500-square-foot (510 m2) museum for over 60 years.He graduated from University of Michigan as a pharmacist taking over his fathers store Sam's Drugs in Detroit. Yagoda was a recognized expert in the field of mechanical and electrical game apparatus; he has been involved in appraisal of such items for the television series American Pickers. Yagoda died on January 8, 2017, at the age of 78. Marvin's son Jeremy grew up in the business and carries on his fathers legacy.

Amongst the collection is P. T. Barnum's replica of the Cardiff Giant. Another oddity is one of Sing Sing Prison's Electric Chairs in which 30 people died. An automaton "food inspector" is set up to continuously vomit into a pile of milk bottles.
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  • The place is a cornucopia of games and eclectic machines from the early 1900's to modern videos. The assortment is quite a collection, and both young and old alike will find much to keep occupied...  more »
  • I have been going here for years. I took my kids when they were small and now my grandkids enjoy vintage game machines. Give it a try. I think you will enjoy this landmark  more »
  • Holy cow this place is amazing! Easily one of my favorite surprise places to visit of all time. They have ALL KINDS of games and things to do, and you can win tickets. Reasonably priced, and a lot of fun. The airplanes on the ceiling are my favorite part.
  • I had so MUCH FUN!! I came with my parents and we enjoyed it so much. The variety and amount of little games and puppets they have is amazing. Is like entering another world inside there. I just fell in love with the place.

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