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Musee Mecanique free

Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf | San Francisco, CA 94133 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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Considered one of the best museums in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, Musée Mécanique features hundreds of antique penny arcade and coin-operated music and amusement machines, all in an accessible and walker-friendly museum. Some visitor favorites include the old school pinball machines, whack-a-mole and the mechanical fortune-telling characters that offer predictions from their curtained boxes.

Both writers and travelers mention that the museum is popular for children and a great history lesson for young and old alike, since many of the machines are more than 75 years old. Perhaps best of all, the museum is free, and the only cost is in using a machine. So remember to bring at least a few quarters if you want to play.

Musée Mécanique is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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