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The Musée Mécanique (English: Mechanical Museum) 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.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
Definitely worth the visit! Unique place unlike any I've ever been to before. The games, melody makers, & automata are all from a long forgotten era that took real pride in their craftsmanship & curious creative endeavors. Place may not be the best for extremely sensitive people who cannot handle loud sounds (music) the plays once a quarter is paid. Speaking of which, bring your dollar bills. There is a couple of change machines. You'll want to play/try a lot of the contraptions here.
This is a really fun place with lots of old-time gadgets that are coin operated. There are so many machines that have been collected and maintained in this museum. There are a few machines from the 80's, but most are much much older but well kept. The museum is all hands on...even the really old ones. It's fun to play these games like those that my grandparents used to play in their day.
I love seeing the antique arcade games. It makes me imagine the children who played them over the years. It's a fun venue for all ages and highly recommended. It won't take too long to visit unless you want to try them all. It's located near other fun venues and parking.
My fave place from the old Cliff house location to the new one at the wharf. What was my fave date place is now my go to family spot. It's also right near all the other attractions and famous crab places and our 200 year old sourdough bakery for a bite to eat. Now added basketball game and more arcade games that are super fun as well as skee ball. Even though it is louder then old location, my Autistic daughter loves it, and I love all the fortune telling machines and really old automatons. We get about almost an hour before the noise gets too much for us. Some folks will find some of the older machines a bit dark, and such is life. Maybe it can spark some talk about history or the time it took for incarcerated persons to build some of those toothpick scenes! Pair this with a Ripley's Museum visit and appreciate the unusual and weird gems in our tourist destination. I'm a local :)
It's a very interesting place.... Didn't get to see much thanks to the very rude manager or Janitor... I had a souvenirs bucket from mini donuts pier 39.. Empty by the way.... He walked up to me and said with his exact words "you can't be in here with that,(souvenir bucket) I don't want to pick up your garbage later...." Ouf course I felt offended!! I am a Health Educator for God's sake... IF I WOULD HAVE GAD GARBAGE (that I didn't have) I WOULD HAVE FOUND A GARBAGE CAN... 😡
Oh my goodness I LOVED this place, it warmed my heart in every way. First of all, it’s free admission, and once inside, you can play games for $0.25/0.50. That doesn’t exist at any mainstream arcade anymore. The condition of the antique games was impressive, and it’s really cool to see the evolution of arcade games over time. This is a great place to bring your kids and family, we spent a few hours there, and blew through $10 worth of quarters on games. I could’ve played the air hockey or fuze-ball all day. I only encountered 2 games that did not work, but what it was worth, I enjoyed myself fully. Wish more places exist.
This place is great. We had a great time looking at all the machines and seeing them work. We got a kick out of all the very old machines with their simple displays. It was a great time. It's easy to spend 20 bucks in an hour even as an adult. This is something that I would really recommend to others
This is hands down one of my favorite places in San Francisco. It is like a historic museum but many times more active and fun. For a few quarters you can spend a good hour here looking at these amazing machines from centuries ago, including moving dioramas and very irreverent samples of moving image. Please make a point to visit!
Fascinating history of entertainment and games over the decade. A real history of arcades, how they came about and advanced in technology of those times. I enjoyed setting back in time. So awesome many of them still worked.
This is a very cool stop to make on your journey through San Francisco. A variety of coin operated machines, from shooting galleries to old automatic music players. The prices range from $0.10 (on one machine) to $2 from what I saw, which can lead to a rather cheap stop in a city that has some high prices. I had a great time and think it's worth stopping on in, even if you don't pay for anything.
Pop culture paradise. Fun, free museum with tokens for game play. Both nostalgic and educational. Great place to take pics. The whole family enjoyed it. Got to see the inner workings of player pianos and automatons and get the imagination going. Took lots of video to share with our FIRST robotics team.
Always a fun time with all the old time machine play.... Precursor to modern video games! History and fun all mixed together. Loved the 🥊 boxing game and old time mechanical baseball game. Watching the mechanical wrestler beat my son? Priceless!!
Thoroughly enjoyed the arcade! Numerous arcade games of yesteryear...turn of the century, that is, turn of the twentieth century. Actual working games you can play. Insert one or two quarters, and entry is free to boot. Mechanical crank and lever operated games, pinball, and how about a short early movie segment viewed through a zoetrope device. Ever seen a steam engine motorcycle, in perfect working condition? I even even enjoyed a game of Asteroids! I shall need more visits here.
Cool place to visit by the water. In a warehouse type building. Has games from the classics and then a lot of antique type games. For instance "the executioner". Coin machines everywhere so don't need to worry about that. I personally just walked around and looked at games as a quick visit. But others were definitely getting into all the games.
This is the go-to place in Fisherman's What'd and is really the only reason I go there. You can easily and happily spend $20 on the old arcade games you played as a child; it is a lot of fun showing younger kids the old games. The antique games are quite a bit of fun and the very antique dioramas are well worth a few extra quarters here and there. This is my top recommendation for things to do with kids on SF.