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Musee Mecanique

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A panorama taken inside the Musee Mecanique in San Francisco. The panorama shows some of the historic mechanical arcade games and entertainment from a bygone era. It is one of the largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines in the world. In the panorama you can see some old laughing sailors, a model city and a mechanical rider on a metal horse. Most of these still work and are coin operated.


Musee Mecanique - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Musee Mecanique' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

Musee Mecanique on Pier 45 of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf contains a collection of over 300 pre-computer penny arcade games, amusements, knick-knacks and entertainments. Focusing on gadgetry which was mechanically automated from the bygone age before the prevalence of the microchip, the Edward Galland Zelinsky Collection at Musee Mecanique is a vintage arcade, temporarily housed here at Fisherman's Wharf before a permanent home can be found (possibly at Sutro Bath Ruins.

Admission is free and if you bring along a handful of quarters coins, you can even still play some of them! Edward Zelinsky started his collection at age 11 after trading a bingo prize of motor oil for 75 cents and with that he spent a happy day playing these amusements in the Golden Gate Avenue and thus began a love of arcade games. Come alone and enjoy this fine collection and let them capture your imagination, too.

Nearby on pier 45 are the SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty ship from WWII and the USS Pampanito submarine.


Musee Mecanique
45 Pier, corner of Taylor Street and Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133


Bus: North Point St & Hyde St (10, 20, 30, 47, 91)
Cable Car: Fisherman's Wharf
Light Train: Jones St & Beach St (F)

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