Musee Mecanique


The Musee Mecanique or Mechanical Museum of San Francisco, California has the largest collection of mechanically operated machines. They have musical instruments and antique arcade devices that are all mechanical in their operations. Visitors are taken on a journey from turn-of-the-century to present with hand cranked music boxes, video games, and other memory lane style creations.

Children, grandchildren, and other offspring tend to come due to the remembrances of their parents or grandparents of the facility. It shows what the older generations had that newer generations may never see otherwise. Laffing Sal, Susie the Can Can Dancer, Carnival and other items are on display.

The collection was housed at the Cliff House for several years, but it has recently undergone a renovation and the majority of the collection was moved to Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 8pm. They also open for holidays 10am to 8pm. The facility has wheelchair accessible facilities. There is a small entry fee that allows the owner to keep adding to the collection for frequent and returning visitors. The collection has over 300 items now, with many collected since the owner was 11 years old.

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