Musee Mecanique

★★★★★
  • Pier 45 (at the end of Taylor Street)

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 415-346-2000

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Sat-Sun 10am-8pm, Mon-Fri 10am-7pm

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This is a step into yesteryear and an absolute blast. Free entry and come with your quarters (remember when games could actually be played with quarters?) Most of these mechanical gems are in good to great condition and are surprisingly a lot more challenging than they look. Be prepared to spend a lot of time here and have a strong desire to come back!

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★★★★★

This is a step into yesteryear and an absolute blast. Free entry and come with your quarters (remember when games could actually be played with quarters?) Most of these mechanical gems are in good to great condition and are surprisingly a lot more challenging than they look. Be prepared to spend a lot of time here and have a strong desire to come back!

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This is surprisingly fun, although in a creepy way. From Laughing Sal (a gigantic weirdly dressed woman who laughs uncontrollably) to the strange little scenes (especially the guillotine and hanging vignettes) this is truly unusual and not to be missed. After a few quarters, the silliness of it all leads to laughing out loud. There is one little scene that is called, I think, "End of the Road" that is so lame that we still recall it and laugh. Every time we are in the Fisherman's Wharf area, we have to go here and drop a few quarters- and we never regret it. Seriously, these machines are very well mantained and historically interesting.

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★★★★★

This is surprisingly fun, although in a creepy way. From Laughing Sal (a gigantic weirdly dressed woman who laughs uncontrollably) to the strange little scenes (especially the guillotine and hanging vignettes) this is truly unusual and not to be missed. After a few quarters, the silliness of it all leads to laughing out loud. There is one little scene that is called, I think, "End of the Road" that is so lame that we still recall it and laugh. Every time we are in the Fisherman's Wharf area, we have to go here and drop a few quarters- and we never regret it. Seriously, these machines are very well mantained and historically interesting.

Pros: well maintained, very interesting, easy parking, close to other attractions

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Stumbled across this bizarre museum during a break from a conference and couldn't believe my eyes. If you're as phobic about clowns, scary puppets and eerie little vignettes as I am, enter at your own risk--but bring plenty of quarters so you can disturb your peace of mind at will. For a full-on freakish experience, check out the "The Opium Den", but watch out for the dragon!

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★★★★★

Stumbled across this bizarre museum during a break from a conference and couldn't believe my eyes. If you're as phobic about clowns, scary puppets and eerie little vignettes as I am, enter at your own risk--but bring plenty of quarters so you can disturb your peace of mind at will. For a full-on freakish experience, check out the "The Opium Den", but watch out for the dragon!

Pros: Free admission, close to lots of other attractions, truly unique experience

Cons: A little dark and scary; some unsavory types hanging around

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This is one of the greatest. Everyone I have taken has had great fun and always comes away laughing and in good humour the rest of the day, at least. My children still talk about our many trips there.

2
★★★★★

This is one of the greatest. Everyone I have taken has had great fun and always comes away laughing and in good humour the rest of the day, at least. My children still talk about our many trips there.

Pros: Educational, Inexpensive, FUN

Cons: Parking

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This place has everything mechanical you could hope to find from old amusement parks and carnivals. Make sure everyone with you has their own quarter roll.

2
★★★★★

This place has everything mechanical you could hope to find from old amusement parks and carnivals. Make sure everyone with you has their own quarter roll.

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After playing the simulations on computer, it's great to see the real thing! The staff of this place takes loving care of all the old machines. It's going to be in a temporary home for awhile and won't have the charm of when it was at the cliff house but the museum should still be a must-see

2
★★★★★

After playing the simulations on computer, it's great to see the real thing! The staff of this place takes loving care of all the old machines. It's going to be in a temporary home for awhile and won't have the charm of when it was at the cliff house but the museum should still be a must-see

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I remember when they also used to have a location over in Tiburon, right by the fairy dock -- but that's been closed for years. It's amusing to take kids here and see their reactions to the games from the old days -- and compare them to the arcades of the present. And, for us older folks, we get a chance to re-live out youth.

2
★★★★☆

I remember when they also used to have a location over in Tiburon, right by the fairy dock -- but that's been closed for years. It's amusing to take kids here and see their reactions to the games from the old days -- and compare them to the arcades of the present. And, for us older folks, we get a chance to re-live out youth.

Pros: A bit of history

Cons: Aging games

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Best San Francisco treat --- lots of cool items to obsess over, and amazing video games (Frenzy!) to boot. Glad it's still around, although Laughing Sal stays with you a long, long time.

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★★★★★

Best San Francisco treat --- lots of cool items to obsess over, and amazing video games (Frenzy!) to boot. Glad it's still around, although Laughing Sal stays with you a long, long time.

 

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