The museum is full of fascinating artifacts and amusements dating back as early as the late 1800s. In addition to all the older exhibits and games, there are newer, yet still very retro, arcade games located toward the back of the museum. I think my son spent most of his quarters playing Donkey Kong and The Simpsons, while my daughter couldn’t get enough of the older “win a prize every time” games.
We visited the arcade with my sister-in-law and kids over our last school break. Having lived in San Francisco for quite a few years, my sister-in-law has a knack for finding the best “off the beaten path” things to do in the city. The Musee Mecanique is definitely worth a visit if you are headed into the Fishermans’ Wharf area. The best part about this little gem of a place is that it has free admission 365 days a year. Here in San Francisco, “free” is not always easy to come by. Most machines and games take just a quarter, but a few of them require two. Either way they are well worth the splurge. To get more information on the arcade you can check out their at museemecanique.com