Musee Mecanique, San Francisco

4.5
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 place offers the viewer a little leisure time to the exhibit ancient entertainment machines ranging from early 20th century to some used in the 21st century. It's free and you can run some of those machines with coins. It is not a place not to be missed, but you can spend 30 minutes if you're in the area.
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  • 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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  • 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!
  • 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 very cool and unique place. It features coin operated amusements from the early 20th century. I am a fan of these types of amusements and happened to stumble in and enjoy my time here. They also had my favorite game ever; pinball. Some of their pinball machines had issues but that’s what happens with pinball. I’m sure they’ll get it fixed.
  • This is a great place to visit on Pier 39 for very minimal cost. The place is full of vintage coin-operated machine and arcade games. When we visited, there was no cost for admission, and most games only cost 25 or 50 cents to use/play. There are change machines throughout the building to get change, so you don't have to plan on bringing change ahead of time.
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