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Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Museum and Arcade
Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco
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  • Adri ..
    "Lots of cool vintage arcade games as well as some newer ones"(20 Tips)
    Lauren O.
    "Bring quarters and check out the macabre games"(8 Tips)
    Danielle N.
    "Laughing Sal is terrifying and the photo booths are great!"(5 Tips)
    Jon M.
    "... (the same from Princess Diaries) and try to set a high score (AAA)."(5 Tips)
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  • Alex
    AlexAugust 3
    A good place to spend free time, the entrance is free but eh machines need coins
  • Keith S.
    The old arcades are fun to see and play...also interesting to see the American mindset around the early 1900's.
  • Eleanor R.
    They tell you that the museum its for free, and yes it is.But you need coins to watch things work. They also had a machine that changes bills in coins so you can play
  • Zachariah M.
    It's pretty neat!!
  • Daniel S.
    Stocked full of arcade games from decades past, bring cash and quarters! We run out of coins before we make a full lap.
  • mipadi
    mipadiApril 15
    25¢ gets you a recreation of an execution. What more could you want?
  • Ann L.
    Ann LopezFebruary 11
    This place is amazing!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WatsonJanuary 24
    This place is amazing. So many old games I played as a kid in the 80's and 90's.. so many great memories!
  • Roma F.
    Too much fun to play the older games, great to visit
  • Shawna M.
    Shawna MarieJanuary 13
    Great old arcade games. Bring quarters! Amazing place to learn and have fun. Tourist attraction, so not as busy during the off season and weekdays
  • Moshe S.
    Moshe SananesSeptember 30, 2016
    All the old amusement machines work nicely! It is great to see these old machines in action
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PerrySeptember 9, 2016
    Great vintage arcade
  • Gergely S.
    Gergely SchmidtAugust 29, 2016
    Legyen nalad negyeddollaros!
  • Patty H.
    Patty HicksJuly 13, 2016
    Fun and cool to see old arcades.
  • Yas A.
    Yas AbJuly 8, 2016
    Adorable and unique! Some items are very creepy though. I love that all of the older games are for about a quarter each, or 50 cents.
  • Rochelle M.
    Rochelle McCuneJuly 2, 2016
    Fortune tellers are great
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30, 2016
    Range of old coin operated arcade games and machines all in working order. Music, fortune tellers, games and an air-hockey table. What more could you want!
  • Pepita G.
    Pepita GonzalesJune 15, 2016
    The games are a real walk down memory lane.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 13, 2016
    Possibly the coolest place on the wharf, even if you don't like games. Check out all of the weird old amusements and throw a quarter into some of them. What happens might surprise you.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DantoMay 21, 2016
    skip the other tourist stuff. Do this
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RichMay 21, 2016
    Vintage arcade games like Moon Patrol and Robotron.
  • Sudden D.
    Sudden DefMay 13, 2016
    Despite homeless people trying to use the arcade machines for free, this is a pretty interesting place.
  • Yannick B.
    Yannick BoucherFebruary 1, 2016
    Trip down memory lane, no matter how old you are!!
  • Pawan S.
    Pawan ShahJanuary 20, 2016
    Very cheap coin arcade games and other stuff. fun for family
  • Emiliano V.
    Emiliano ViscarraJanuary 19, 2016
    Amazing place to see very old machines work with just quarters. Free admission.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Love arcade? This place is for you.
  • Corinna M.
    Corinna MartínezJanuary 7, 2016
    So much fun!
  • Larry J. O.
    Larry J. OdomOctober 10, 2015
    Seen on tv so had to see
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WallisSeptember 27, 2015
    Insane collection. Very educational
  • Michael A.
    Michael AraujoSeptember 13, 2015
    This place was so cool with all the antique machines. The great grandfathers of modern video games and console amusement.
  • Jigar P.
    Jigar PatelSeptember 13, 2015
    So much fun!
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒September 10, 2015
    This place is so much fun I really enjoy the shooting games and some of the baseball games.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorSeptember 5, 2015
    Bring some coins! You get to play the items on display at this "museum".
  • Kimberley M.
    Kimberley MaplesSeptember 2, 2015
    Amazing antique clockwork puppet shows, fortune tellers, and new favorites. Best $10 I've ever spent.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgAugust 16, 2015
    It's all about Pro Striker in the back.
  • Kenneth R.
    Kenneth RheeAugust 5, 2015
    Many antique selections
  • Dana
    DanaJuly 18, 2015
    Worth a look-in, a bunch of arcade games from the 1920's. The fortune telling machines spit out some cool vintage-esque cards.
  • Wylie F.
    Wylie FisherJuly 10, 2015
    Make sure to bring a lot of quarters!
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonJune 20, 2015
    Bring quarters!
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChinchillaJune 10, 2015
    Intriguing place.
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MoralezJune 8, 2015
    Really cool walk through the arcades of the past. If you like games check it out. Also has some newer arcade games.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QMay 31, 2015
    Delightful! Bring a few dollars in change and test out some of these old timey arcade games. When you get tired, check out the old timey massage chairs!
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenMay 18, 2015
    Some of the old arcades are really creepy. Mechanical boxing robots is a total fave.
  • Saliem (Liem) C.
    A typewriter that types out your horoscope
  • SFist
    SFistApril 15, 2015
    This antique penny arcade is one of the consistently fun, interesting things to do on Fisherman's Wharf. There are fortune tellers, skee ball galore, and jack-in-the-boxes. It's helps to be stoned. Read more
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaApril 12, 2015
    Make sure to check out End of the Trail.
  • Hamdi B.
    Hamdi Ben LaghaMarch 24, 2015
    Free entrance. A way to have fun, don't forget to bring some quarters !
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 26, 2015
    Laughing Sal!!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 14, 2015
    Dance along with the music from orchestra and piano box
  • Maria K.
    Maria KaurkovskayaJanuary 23, 2015
    A lot of mechanical pianos and other musical machines. Great experience of old games and fun predictions from "famous" fortune-tellers
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidDecember 24, 2014
    Bring quarters or bills!
  • Max L.
    Max LesinDecember 17, 2014
    Cool place with awesome oldschool stuff!
  • Hunter M.
    Hunter MillerOctober 22, 2014
    The star wars game in the back is awesome!
  • Paolira O.
    Paolira OspinaSeptember 20, 2014
    Bring a lot of quarter coins to play in all the machines, they also have a automatic piano and a foot massager.
  • Thê-Minh T.
    Thê-Minh TrinhSeptember 3, 2014
    Spend all your quarters in this nice place full of old game machines!
  • Callum T.
    Callum ThompsonAugust 8, 2014
    They've got a machine that will turn your bills into quarters you can use on the games.
  • Adri ..
    Adri .July 8, 2014
    Free entry, bring quarters for the games. Lots of cool vintage arcade games as well as some newer ones
    Upvoted 22 hours ago
  • Patti F.
    Patti FrateJune 30, 2014
    Super cool hidden gem if you like old stuff
  • Missy K.
    Missy KirtleyJune 27, 2014
    BRING QUARTERS. Get your fortune told, too.
  • Missy K.
    Missy KirtleyJune 25, 2014
    Definitely get a fortune. It's a wonderful keepsake and tons of fun!
  • Lauren O.
    Lauren OlsonJune 14, 2014
    Bring quarters and check out the macabre games
  • Ana M.
    Ana MontesMay 16, 2014
    Must visit while in sf. Free to walk in..cheap to play... you can see in 10 minutes or stay to play.
  • Mama G
    Mama GMay 12, 2014
    A FUN place for ALL ages!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SpearApril 26, 2014
    Try and beat my score of 51040 on Mrs Pacman :)
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SpearApril 26, 2014
    Street Fighter, Mrs Pacman (table version), Cruisn USA, pinball... This place rocks for an 80s kid!
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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).
  • Amanda Z.
    Amanda ZApril 14, 2014
    Don't miss the English Execution.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BaerMarch 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You and your kids can have a lot of fun here on 10 - 15 bucks.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkFebruary 28, 2014
    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.
  • Steve O.
    Steve OatneyJanuary 28, 2014
    Great old automatons and mechanical-game amusement. Needs a bit of a facelift, but great carnival-style history and hands-on fun.
  • Travelivery -.
    Feel like you've gone back in time at this interactive museum. http://sf.travelivery.com
  • Devon H.
    Devon HarperJanuary 12, 2014
    Bring quarters. Lots of quarters.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BakerJanuary 9, 2014
    This place is awesome. Old School arcade games. A must visit place when in SF
  • Anya P.
    Anya PogosovaJanuary 6, 2014
    You definetely must use old photobooth!
  • Volodymyr V.
    Volodymyr VitvitskyiDecember 1, 2013
    Superb and a lot of fun.
  • Peter M.
    Peter MüllerNovember 16, 2013
    Amazing nostalgia and historical perspective. Go here, if even for just a quick peek
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AlvarezNovember 2, 2013
    Bring a lot of quarters
  • Brad D.
    Brad DOctober 13, 2013
    Make sure you have tons of quarters and dimes for these classic arcade games. I suggest arm wrestling - but don't go straight for the most difficult setting unless you want to break your arm.
  • Ted L.
    Ted LeeSeptember 8, 2013
    Skeeball in the back left corner! Bonus points if you hit the 100 point hole.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AAugust 16, 2013
    Spy Hunter & Pole Position here
  • Aari L.
    Aari LudvigsenAugust 5, 2013
    It's a history museum your kids will think you're a god for taking them to.
  • James C.
    James CJuly 29, 2013
    Awesome old school quarter machines. Totally worth a look. You will definitely find a machine that is worth the coins for it.
  • Ceara K.
    Look out for the fortune teller machines. They give very relevant fortunes!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJune 17, 2013
    Amazing place. Get a bunch of quarters and go to town! Fortune teller machines are fun, as are the zoetropes. Spend some time with the Original Star Wars, Pac Man, and Marvel v. Capcom cabinets too.
  • Mariluuu R.
    Mariluuu R.June 5, 2013
    Photo Booths!
  • Doc P.
    Doc PopJune 1, 2013
    The chopper game, along the wall near the back, is so fun.
  • Antonio U.
    Antonio UribeMay 21, 2013
    They have an old photo booth that still works.
  • Pedro P.
    Pedro PortoMay 19, 2013
    Awesome place with curious antique arcades. Return to 5/10y.o. immediately. Must go.
  • Bonnie B.
    Bonnie BurtonMay 19, 2013
    Be sure to watch the Cowboy Silent Films!
  • Peggy P.
    Peggy PowellMay 16, 2013
    Well worth a visit!
  • Verena R.
    Verena RiedlApril 6, 2013
    it's definitely worth a look: free entry and lots and lots of "antique" mechanique games :)
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RApril 5, 2013
    Play a game. Most only cost a quarter.
  • Joe M.
    A strange and weird gem not to miss. amazing and inexplicable
  • Randy H.
    Randy HumMarch 30, 2013
    This is a must see for anyone who somewhat like arcades. Trust me it's worth checking out!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KennedyMarch 19, 2013
    Hope no-one beats my high score on Pole Position!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KennedyMarch 19, 2013
    This place is so much fun - could spend hours here
  • Dalton D.
    Dalton DFebruary 28, 2013
    Free to walk through, great old games you can actually play, plus instruments
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauFebruary 28, 2013
    Old school arcade and antique lover's dream. Tons of old games, fortune teller machines, and other gems. Play most things for 25 cents! What a deal!
  • Eileen L.
    Eileen LeeJanuary 26, 2013
    Awesome! Got my fortune told, played wac-a-mole, skee-ball, and Ms. Pac-man.
  • Juna S.
    Juna SongJanuary 16, 2013
    Located right on Pier45 next to Fisherman's Wharf, wandering in here made my Sunday afternoon. Charming, cheap(25 cents), carnival games& wooden zoetropes made me feel like a kid from another century!
  • Tim T.
    Tim TascheAugust 11
    War das schon immer hier? ;) ist uns erst bei der letzten Reise aufgefallen. Echte steinalte Automaten mit ihrem eigenen Charme. Und alle funktionieren noch.
  • Sophie W.
    Un voyage dans le temps. Et gratuit ;)
  • Israel E.
    Me acorde mi niñez
  • Fran I.
    Juegos antiguos muy divertidos. Otros un robo para nuestra época. Ir con muchas monedas, es barato! Saquense una foto en la maquina antigua sale genial!
  • Salvador F.
    Salvador FranciscoAugust 22, 2016
    Máquinas antiguas y arcades de los 80's. Entrada gratuita
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GoñíaMay 24, 2016
    El lugar es entretenidisimo,vuelves al pasado con sus maquinas pinball y pacman, no todas funcionan eso si, pero lo pasas muy bien, me encantó
  • Gabriela Z.
    Gabriela ZagoApril 12, 2016
    Diversão para todas as idades, em máquinas arcade de diferentes décadas. É grátis para atrair, mas prepare-se para gastar bastante dinheiro com os jogos e divirta-se!
  • Nariya T.
    Nariya TakemuraMarch 13, 2016
    なんか色々ある。PONっぽい何かとかアステロイドとか
  • Juanpa P.
    Juanpa PromFebruary 2, 2016
    Un lugar increíble, los juegos mecánicos son únicos, increíble que los tengan en funcionamiento, un lugar único!
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田September 28, 2015
    Se vc curte fliperamas + história vai amar este lugar. Muitas maquinas antigas que foram a base dos videogames que temos hoje. Um dos lugares mais legais de San Fran
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    Un lugar un poco raro con máquinas de los años 50's y 60's algunas hasta parecen película de terror típico de la cultura Estado Unidense no dejen de ir es gratis lo que cobran es por jugarlos
  • David M.
    David Montes ZamoraAugust 11, 2015
    Súper curioso muy muy entretenido y a la vez conoces un poquito de la historia de los juegos ... Y gratis
  • Gekiyasu
    GekiyasuMay 21, 2015
    古きよきアメリカのアーケードゲームの歴史を感じられる博物館。ビデオゲームもそれなりにあります。アタリ社のベクタースキャン「スターウォーズ」のアップライト筐体は是非見ておくべきです。
  • Hector V.
    Hector VelazquezJune 15, 2014
    Una sorpresa al final del paseo de la bahia de SF.
  • Mariana D.
    Mariana DíazMay 12, 2014
    ¿Entramos a ese galpón? ¡Sí! Es un arcade vintage divino.
  • Thiago P.
    Thiago PradiAugust 27, 2013
    Sunset Riders. 👍👍
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