Among the docks and seafood shops at Fisherman's Wharf lies the Musee Mecanique, a collection of old-fashioned arcade games and other artifacts maintained in a large warehouse. The collection was initiated by Edward Zelinsky and has been in its current location since 2002, when it was relocated from the Cliff House. Some of the more popular artifacts include "Laffing Sal," the "Carnival," and a number of fortune teller games. Come with a pocket full of quarters and play to your heart's desire.
I was completely brought back to ancient times. It's a good idea to save coin-operated game consoles and put them together with modern machines, and then guide people to visit here, let them understand the history of mechanical entertainment, and make clear the difference between them and current video games. There are small pianos for individuals and strange games made up of some metals in the Mechanical Museum. In it you will see love gauges, fortune tellers, arm wrestling machines. It's really interesting. I think everyone should come here to see it. When I first came here, I thought it should be nothing. I just wanted to see what was good here. After reading it, I completely changed my mind about it.
The mechanical museum is still interesting. All the items are well preserved. Many old-fashioned American amusement parks are very retro-American and have great collection significance. There are automatic coin changers in the exhibition hall, many of which can be played.
Another treasure in the Fisherman's Wharf area. This is located right on the waterfront, and is chalk full of retro boardwalk style attractions, like your Zoltar, Dancing Woman, and Arm Wrestling type games. There is a lot of great documentation of where the machines were located, their history, and why they were important. It's a museum that you can play with! There are love tests, strength tests, shooting tests, and fortune telling. How could you not come down here and learn about yourself the old fashioned way, but putting some money into a machine?!Come here after you get your requisite crab/chowdah, and make a lap to work off the food. It's free to enter.
The only legitimate excuse anyone can have for not visiting the Musée Mécanique is simply not knowing it exists.This is the perfect destination for kids, families, dates, tourists and anyone with an interest in history and culture. Entrance is free and most games/exhibits are extremely cheap. Marvel at turn-of-the-century carnival games that are as morbid as they are sordid. Now I know why people were afraid of circuses.But most of the exhibits are quite lovely. A historical guide gives you some background on how this all came about. Finish that up with skee ball and a view of the San Francisco Bay and you've got yourself a well-spent afternoon.
Musee Mecanique is one of my favorite places to visit in the city. Where else do you see old school working arcade machines and Laughing Sal? After the arcade closed at the Cliff House, they moved a lot of the machines to this location, so now there are tourists and locals who can enjoy hours of entertainment, for only a handful of quarters. Super Chexx Hockey, Skeeball, that creepy Adams Family shocking machine, bowling.. My inner child squees with delight!
Want to know the origins to that Tetris game you downloaded on your iPhone? Date it back to the 1890s here. The Musee Mecanique is one hour of pure joy. From gear-operated mechanical entertainment games to animatronic fortune-tellers, the old games are a hoot. They even have the ones we recognize: Tron, PacMan, SkeeBall. Most machines are a quarter and you could conceivably spend no more than $5 for an hour's worth of amusement for your family.
Vintage coin-operated toys and games! A great, inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. Located right in Fisherman's Wharf, this collection is sure to entertain those of all ages! Bring dollar bills for quarters... and make sure to save some bills for the $3 photo-booth pictures!Once you finish with the museum, head out the back door to look at the USS Pampanito, a former Navy submarine that is now docked at Fisherman's Wharf.
It's the cheapest fun in town! Whether it's the nostalgic attraction of Laffin' Sal or Skee-ball, fascination with the vintage music players and early arcade games, to trying your luck with mid-century pinball machines or early video games, to fun group activities such as the tricky strength-tester or air hockey, you absolutely cannot miss at Musee Mechanique. I go there as often as I can.
From hand-cranked wooden games dating back to the 1890s to the video arcade version of Star Wars from the 1980s, the Musee Mecanique in busy Fisherman's Wharf is a child's dream, no matter his or her age. In a warehouse along the waterfront, the 100+ video and carnival games date back a century and are not only fascinating to play but to walk through history in real time.
If a friend from out of town asks for fun things to do in the city, I usually direct them here. It's a fun stop for people of all ages. I can spend hours playing with the odd assortment of very old games while getting a unique taste of the city's history. The games are pretty inexpensive. It doesn't hurt that you're surrounded by a beautiful view of the SF bay and some great food.