Musee Mecanique, San Francisco

4.5
Experience the entertainment of the past at Musee Mecanique, while interacting with Ed Zelinsky’s personal collection of 20th-century penny arcade games, music boxes, photo booths, and other coin-operated wonders. The museum pays homage to this impressive assortment that he began at the age of 11 and continued to add to throughout his life. Now grown to hundreds of antique machines, it is one of the largest of its type in the world. Although entrance is free, be sure to bring your spare change so you can try your luck out on some of the games. Our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site makes visiting Musee Mecanique and other San Francisco attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Create an itinerary including Musee Mecanique
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Musee Mecanique Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,770 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • A wonderful world before Iphone and Ipad conquer the world. The vending machines are more than just affordable and are a fun one. Even our son enjoyed playing with the "old" things. Every Ü30 finds a vending machine from his childhood.
    View original
  • Perfect activity for us with our 2 teenage boys. So much fun seeing all the old style machines and games. We all had a blast!  more »
Google
  • Absolutely loved this place! Fun for our 7 year old, 10 year old, 14 year old, and parents through our 80 year old relatives that came with us! We spent two hours here, and could've easily spent more time, but they had to close (and they even closed way later than their posted close time!). We all had so much fun, and many of the machines can be enjoyed by all with one coin. We probably spent $40-50 in quarters (yes, they give change there), between seven of us, so pretty cheap entertainment for a night out in San Francisco. This place was one of a kind for sure! Fabulous that the owners keep these turn of the century antique machines working well and accessible to the public. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
  • This place is awesome, I can't believe I almost missed it. It's unique and definitely worth spending at least 30 minutes or 1h checking it out. Lots of antique arcade machines that you can watch come to life with a quarter or two. Easily the highlight of my day at Fisherman's Wharf.
Places to stay near Musee Mecanique

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in San Francisco

View all >
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.4
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 4​h 30​min

Hidden gems in San Francisco

4.6
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 8​h
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 3​h

Parks in San Francisco

4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.3
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Shopping in San Francisco

View all >
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h
3.5
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Historic Sites in San Francisco

View all >
4.6
Duration: 1​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 30​min
4.6
Duration: 30​min

Nearby attractions in San Francisco

4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
2.8
Duration: 3​h
4.9
Duration: 4​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 4​h
4.4
Duration: 3​h
3.4
Duration: 2​h