Musée Mécanique

Pier 45, Shed A (at Taylor St), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
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Open until 8:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
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  • "... (the same from Princess Diaries) and try to set a high score (AAA)." (5 tips)
  • "Don't miss Laughing Sal." (4 tips)
  • "... games. I suggest arm wrestling - but don't go straight for the most..." (4 tips)
  • Eddie C.

    Check out the awesome antique mechanical games at Musee Mechanique. Also, killer vintage arcade games: Spy Hunter, Moon Patrol, Star Wars & Addams Family pinball rule.

    Eddie Codel · March 8, 2009
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  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST OLD SCHOOL ARCADEIf you get nightmares for a week from these low-priced games (most are a quarter), don't say we didn't warn you… Read more

    SF Weekly · May 24, 2011
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  • Dora

    If you’ve never heard Laughing Sal’s contagious belly laugh, don’t miss this chance. (Though beware, wee ones may find her more frightening than fun!)Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
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  • The Bold Italic

    Bring lots of quarters. (And if you drive, there’s a parking lot directly opposite the museum.) Read more

    The Bold Italic · March 11, 2011
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  • Todd K.

    Go to the Musee Mechanique and get your fortune told.

    Todd Kerpelman · August 26, 2009
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  • Andrew C.

    Screw MUNI. Spend your quarters here!

    Andrew Cerda · December 29, 2011
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  • Cameo W.

    Stick a penny into "Susie the Can-Can Dancer"!

    Cameo Wood · April 27, 2009
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  • Let's Go

    Bring dollar bills to convert into quarters. You'll want to play a lot of these. Especially the one where Uncle Sam tells you how dateable you are based on your handshake.

    Let's Go · June 25, 2011
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  • Katie S.

    Try the Opium Den!

    Katie Silva · May 23, 2010
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  • Cynthia H.

    Learn about history of entertainment in America & San Francisco

    Cynthia Holladay Loosley · March 21, 2010
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  • Jon R.

    Yup, the place from the Princess Diaries. And no, I'm not ashamed I know that.

    Jon Rice · January 24, 2012
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  • Amanda

    Some of the fortune telling machines also double as Musee Mechanique souvenirs with the name printed on the cards.

    Amanda · November 15, 2010
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  • Melissa D.

    This is always on my "to-do" list for anyone visiting San Francisco....antique "arcade" games and carnival games...love it!

    Melissa Davis · December 17, 2009
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  • Doc P.

    The chopper game, along the wall near the back, is so fun.

    Doc Pop · June 1, 2013
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  • Bing

    Skeeball fanatics and pinball wizards, this one’s for you. This arcade mecca is free to get in, and most machines cost 25 cents to play.

    Bing · August 8, 2012
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  • Holly P.

    Don't miss Laughing Sal.

    Holly Potter · June 25, 2010
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  • Sean C.

    Go to the area with foosball tables but skip those and try out a few rounds of slot hockey!

    Sean Campbell · May 23, 2010
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  • James C.

    Awesome old school quarter machines. Totally worth a look. You will definitely find a machine that is worth the coins for it.

    James C · July 29, 2013
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  • Jennifer R.

    Play a game. Most only cost a quarter.

    Jennifer R · April 5, 2013
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  • Nick M.

    It’s a bar with an arcade near fisherman’s warf

    Nick McGlynn · March 29, 2013
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  • Dalton D.

    Free to walk through, great old games you can actually play, plus instruments

    Dalton D · February 28, 2013
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  • Faith S.

    Dude Princess Diaries was filmed here! You gotta go!

    Faith Stewart · January 4, 2013
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  • Erin N.

    These games are older then you will ever be! Play gently!

    Erin Newman · December 3, 2012
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  • Jared Z.

    More antique coin operated machines, toys, games and animatronics than you’ve ever seen, bring quarters.

    Jared Zimmerman · November 6, 2012
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  • Remy

    Lots of old-timey peeping booths and moving puppets! (if you're into that sort of thing....)

    Remy · March 26, 2012
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  • Cory O.

    A hidden gem that's otherwise surrounded by avoidable tourist traps, the Musee Mecanique is a trip back in time, and one that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy.

    Cory O'Brien · January 20, 2012
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  • Francesca K.

    This is pure joy. Old Arcade museum right on the water.

    Francesca Krihely · September 29, 2011
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  • Jessica Y.

    Loved it! Go get your fortune read...

    Jessica Y · December 8, 2010
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  • Danielle N.

    Favorite tourist attraction in SF. Laughing Sal is terrifying and the photo booths are great! Don't forget to press some pennies.

    Danielle Neuf · November 13, 2010
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  • Jay B.

    Bring a few rolls of quarters and a few hours to spend. They have all kinds of old coin operated games, machines, and oddities! Fun and reminds me of going to the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck,NY Read more

    Jay Bergers · February 28, 2010
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  • Adrianne G.

    Free entry, bring quarters for the games. Lots of cool vintage arcade games as well as some newer ones

    Adrianne Guerra · 4 days ago
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  • Patti F.

    Super cool hidden gem if you like old stuff

    Patti Frate · 1 week ago
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  • Missy K.

    BRING QUARTERS. Get your fortune told, too.

    Missy Kirtley · 2 weeks ago
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  • Missy K.

    Definitely get a fortune. It's a wonderful keepsake and tons of fun!

    Missy Kirtley · 2 weeks ago
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  • Lauren O.

    Bring quarters and check out the macabre games

    Lauren Olson · June 14
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  • Ana M.

    Must visit while in sf. Free to walk in..cheap to play... you can see in 10 minutes or stay to play.

    Ana Montes · May 16
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  • Elena S.

    A FUN place for ALL ages!

    Elena Schiller · May 12
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  • Andrew S.

    Try and beat my score of 51040 on Mrs Pacman :)

    Andrew Spear · April 26
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  • Andrew S.

    Street Fighter, Mrs Pacman (table version), Cruisn USA, pinball... This place rocks for an 80s kid!

    Andrew Spear · April 26
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  • Jon M.

    A gem of the wharf. Bring quarters or dollar bills and just have fun. Arm wrestle a mechanical luchador (the same from Princess Diaries) and try to set a high score (AAA).

    Jon McDonald · April 22
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  • Amanda Z.

    Don't miss the English Execution.

    Amanda Z · April 14
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  • Christine B.

    You and your kids can have a lot of fun here on 10 - 15 bucks.

    Christine Baer · March 24
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  • Lindsay E.

    The best fortune telling machine is the one in the back with the zodiac signs and the typewriter. Find the guy in the machine room and have him explain how some of the machines work. Super old school.

    Lindsay Eyink · February 28
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  • Steve O.

    Great old automatons and mechanical-game amusement. Needs a bit of a facelift, but great carnival-style history and hands-on fun.

    Steve Oatney · January 28
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  • Travelivery -.

    Feel like you've gone back in time at this interactive museum. http://sf.travelivery.com

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  • Devon H.

    Bring quarters. Lots of quarters.

    Devon Harper · January 12
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  • Jason B.

    This place is awesome. Old School arcade games. A must visit place when in SF

    Jason Baker · January 9
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  • Anya P.

    You definetely must use old photobooth!

    Anya Pogosova · January 6
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  • Hector V.

    Una sorpresa al final del paseo de la bahia de SF.

    Hector Velazquez · 3 weeks ago
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  • Mariana D.

    ¿Entramos a ese galpón? ¡Sí! Es un arcade vintage divino.

    Mariana Díaz · May 12
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