The Musee Mechanique is a profit-oriented interactive exhibition hall comprising of over 300 twentieth century penny arcade amusements and antiquities, which were discovered at the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
These toys and amusements include music boxes, coin-operated fortune tellers, Mutoscopes, video games, love testers, player pianos, peep shows, photo booths, dioramas and more.
The gallery also includes what is possibly the only steam powered motorcycle in the world. Those intersrested in a bygone era of amusement or even with a festish for steampunk culture should visit this place. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following San Francisco itinerary 3 days.
- It’s wheelchair accessible.
- Depends on games played.
- Free entry
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16.86% of people who visit San Francisco include Musee Mecanique in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
57.14% of people start their Musee Mecanique visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Musee Mecanique
79.41% of people prefer walking in order to reach Musee Mecanique
This is not a fancy place, but is a lot of fun none the less. Pinball and other games tucked away in the heart of this tourist area. It's a good way to spend an hour or so away from the crowds. It's nostalgic for those who remember games you inserted a coin to play. For the younger ones, it can be an exotic experience playing "antiques" that they only heard of or have seen in old movies 😊
Very cool museum of old and very old video games. You can play almost all of them for a quarter (unless it's broken) and cool way to show kids what entertainment looked like 100 + years ago. The olden days had a very macabre sense of humor. Multiple gallows and my favorite is "song of the prairie" (hint: cowboys are a lot of beans 🤣)
Fabulous experience. Free admission. Bring money to change in to quarters. We brought about $20 for a family of four and that was enough for us. Games are generally $.50 per play. My kids, a 10 year old and 7 year old, both loved it.
We spent about an hour here waiting for the rain to die down. We spent $5 for my husband and I to play games. We really enjoyed the vintage photo booth and all the fortune telling machines. It was nice to see the progression of arcade games throughout the years. My only complaint was that there was no public bathroom and we had to walk in the rain to the nearest restroom. This was a great find and a perfect distraction from the crumby weather
This place is a TREASURE. A genuine blast from the past. Even if you're a gamer GAMER, I think it's the coolest thing to see how games + entertainment has evolved throughout the decades! It's free to enter, and most the machines take 25 cents or 50 cents. There are machines to change your bills to change. Most of the games in there are older than most of us, and they're still working. It's bizarre, it's entertaining, it's a MUST if you are in the area. People should know how simple it was "back-in-day", and what simple joys people got from these ingenious mechanical creations.