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Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Museum and Arcade
Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco
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    "Lots of cool vintage arcade games as well as some newer ones"(20 Tips)
    Faith S.
    "Dude Princess Diaries was filmed here!"(7 Tips)
    Danielle N.
    "Laughing Sal is terrifying and the photo booths are great!"(6 Tips)
    Pedro P.
    "Awesome place with curious antique arcades."(4 Tips)
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  • Lizzie H.heart icon on user image
    Lizzie HinemanMay 26, 2018
    Fun, cheap and easy stop for our trip. The games are great—the new ones and the antiques...especially the antiques 🙃 $0.25-0.50 for each game.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • 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
  • Lindsay E.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussFebruary 18, 2019
    A totally unique experience. An inexpensive classic worthy of local attention in an otherwise sea of tourist traps. The amusements span more than 100 years. Arm wrestle a machine and whack-a-mole!
  • Rosa M.heart icon on user image
    Rosa MirandaDecember 1, 2019
    Great old vintage arcades and new ones. Great place to have a good time and spend a little fun.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeySeptember 25, 2018
    Bring some quarters and try all the old machines. The mechanical pianos were by far my favourite.
  • Kian L.heart icon on user image
    Kian LaviAugust 30, 2019
    A real gem in the middle of a tourist trap. I was enthralled by all the cool and wonderful machines, and I especially appreciated that they still have photobooths that actually develop B&W photos.
  • Natalie S.heart icon on user image
    Natalie SwanMay 27, 2019
    Playing the arcades is much more fun than watching other people play. Give it a try! My favorites are retro shooters Red Dead Redemption style and the atari spaceship one at the back🚀
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake SuharJuly 20, 2018
    An absolute MUST SEE if you are in the Fisherman's Wharf. Such a fun place to spend an hour or two playing out the evolution of arcade games over time.
  • 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.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenJanuary 6, 2018
    A super fun museum, really a large collection of vintage carnival games. Check out all of the miniatures. Well worth spending some money to play the games here.
  • Johnny M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJuly 5, 2018
    Come here to be horrified by the creepiness of Laughing Sal then console yourself by playing games from the the early 1900’s to the 1980’s.
  • Shawna M.heart icon on user image
    Shawna MarieJanuary 13, 2017
    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
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony V.April 28, 2019
    This location was featured in the film “The Princess Diaries” where Anne Hathaway’s character brings Queen Clarice (Julie Andrews) to use the photo booth and play an arm wrestling game.
  • Keith S.heart icon on user image
    Keith SmithJuly 11, 2017
    The old arcades are fun to see and play...also interesting to see the American mindset around the early 1900's.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Edward H.
    Edward HomickNovember 8, 2012
    Aesop Rock filmed his music video for Homemade Mummy here. One of the most unique and fun places to go to in the city. Where else can you have this much fun literally for spare change?
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertFebruary 27, 2022
    one of the cheapest and most entertaining attractions at fisherman's wharf
  • 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.
  • Yas A.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Hamid A.heart icon on user image
    Hamid Alan9aryJanuary 7, 2022
    Fun place to spend with the boys 😁 brings back lotsa memories 😅 You will need cash for quarters
  • Junes C.
    Junes CJanuary 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!
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    MariApril 9, 2018
    Fun collection of antique arcade games. People were weird back in the day. Most importantly there are real photobooths.
  • 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!
  • L W.heart icon on user image
    L WilsonFebruary 22, 2020
    Total gem - games dating as old as the 1800’s. Play the arm wrestling game Julie Andrews did in “The Princess Diaries!”
  • Jenny
    JennyMay 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!
  • Kurtis S.heart icon on user image
    Kurtis SherryDecember 19, 2019
    This place is unique and I wish I could have spent more time in it. There’s so many hidden treasures
  • Gregory K.heart icon on user image
    Gregory K.March 24, 2018
    It’s free and a fun to explore the levels of play interactive through a few past generations
  • Eleanor R.heart icon on user image
    Eleanor RigbyJuly 10, 2017
    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
  • Milad C.heart icon on user image
    Milad CerkicJune 12, 2019
    So much fun. You have to visit this place while in SF
  • 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!
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AraujoSeptember 13, 2015
    This place was so cool with all the antique machines. The great grandfathers of modern video games and console amusement.
  • Dazia P.heart icon on user image
    Dazia PinedaMarch 27, 2023
    Crazy machines and really old ones! Be sure to change bill for quarters (they have machines to do so).
  • Mikael T.heart icon on user image
    Mikael ThomasJanuary 24, 2017
    This place is amazing. So many old games I played as a kid in the 80's and 90's.. so many great memories!
  • 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.
  • Maria K.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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.
  • Steve O.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Theresa D.heart icon on user image
    Theresa DeApril 21, 2018
    This was neat place I stumbled upon just walking around. Neat to see the history of games and progression.
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    NEApril 13, 2018
    An antique arcade that’s a fun place for kids and adults
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel StansellApril 24, 2017
    Stocked full of arcade games from decades past, bring cash and quarters! We run out of coins before we make a full lap.
  • Adri ..heart icon on user image
    Adri .July 8, 2014
    Free entry, bring quarters for the games. Lots of cool vintage arcade games as well as some newer ones
  • Rene T.heart icon on user image
    Rene T.May 28, 2022
    Absolute "must see" and also free of charge.
  • Dalton D.
    Dalton DFebruary 28, 2013
    Free to walk through, great old games you can actually play, plus instruments
  • Bing
    BingAugust 8, 2012
    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.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshOctober 19, 2012
    Such a fun, unique SF experience. So many great machines, but the Addams Family game made me smile a lot.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BakerJanuary 9, 2014
    This place is awesome. Old School arcade games. A must visit place when in SF
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    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
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