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Musee Mecanique

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Ever wish you could step right back in time, always back to a time period where things were so much more simple, enjoyable, and just downright fun? You know, a time where video games still required real skill and came in the form of ultra-ornate and super decorative coin-operated machines? Ever wondered what it would be like to be able to play all of the coin-operated games that your parents – and grandparents! –played?

Well when you check out the Musee Mecanique in San Francisco – located directly on Pier 45 at the base of Taylor Street right on world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf – you’re going to be able to do just that.

Home of the world’s largest privately owned collection of coin-operated arcade games, musical instruments, and other coin-op antique treasures – over 200 in total – you’re going to be swept up in all of the amazement that the Musee Mecanique has to offer. Truly a sight to see the moment that you step foot in the incredible City by the Bay, this might be one of the landmark locations and attractions that no trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting at least for a short while.

Find yourself lost amongst all of the incredible old coin-op pinball machines, games, musical instruments, fortuneteller boxes, and a whole host of others that can either take you on a trip down memory lane to a more simple time that you remember as a child or a trip that acts as a Time Machine to suck you back and give you just a taste of what life was like not too terribly long ago.

Musee MecaniqueThe amazing thing about the Musee Mecanique would have to be that not only are all of the antique coin-op machines in pristine working order – allowing you to play each and every one of them so long as you have just a little bit of jingle in your pocket – but admission is completely and totally free to the grounds. This means you only need to bring a handful of coins – though I’d recommend you bring considerably more for hours and hours of fun – to enjoy all of the splendor that is the Musee Mecanique. A world-renowned San Franciscan destination, you need to see what all the fuss is about right here.


Mon-Fri 10:00am-7:00pm (7pm on Sat, Sun and holidays)
Address/Map:    Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 346-2000
Website: Musee Mecanique - San Francisco
All our coin-operated games are available to play.
Prices range from 1¢ to $1. Most games cost 25¢ to 50¢