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Musee Mechanique

Listed under Technology & Design Museums in San Francisco, United States.

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A museum with toys for all ages, Musee Mechanique in San Francisco is one of the largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments, antique penny arcade machines and eccentricities. From hand cranked music boxes to modern video arcade games, Musee Mechanique appeals to everyone from grandparents who played with these antique toys to grandchildren who want a chance to see the collection’s highlights themselves. Guests enjoy Musee Mechanique for the memories of San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach, Sutro Baths and Cliff House that the collection evokes. Penny arcade collectors will especially appreciate Laffing Sal, “Susie the Can-Can Dancer,” and the “Carnival.”

 The collection is now located on San Francisco Pier 45 and run by Dan Zelinsky, won of Edward Galland Zelinsky who started Musee Mechanique with his personal collection of arcade treasures. Entrance is free, and the working exhibits typically cost between $0.25 and $0.50 to operate.  

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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