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Musée Mécanique: Entertainment History On The Cheap

Updated: Sep 02, 2011 14:59
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If you have an affinity for history, antique arcade games, and those creepy machines painted and dressed as people, then San Francisco’s Musée Mécanique is a place you should check out.

The Wharf is quite the tourist destination, but as a local you need only to do some digging to find the real gems. Privately owned and operated by Edward Zelinsky and his son Dan Zelinsky the Mechanical Museum is home to over 300 antique pieces. This place has everything from music boxes to slot machines to a one “Laffing Sal” whose laugh will haunt your dreams.

The best part is that entrance is entirely FREE. Most of the machines only cost $0.25 to $0.50 to operate. If you’re looking for some entertainment history on the cheap, check it out.

Musée Mécanique
Pier 45, Shed A (at Taylor St.)
[Fisherman’s Wharf]

Photo courtesy of Musée Mécanique

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Chris hails from Ventura, California. He was formally educated at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. While he has no (professional) writing experience he hopes one day to be compensated for his written contributions. Chris likes whiskey, burritos, cheap beer, and mediocre Thai food. He is continually searching for great dive bars.


  1. David Gallagher
    August 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for the post,  but you should know that the Musee has a new web site at

    the one you link to isn’t owned or operated by Dan Zelinsky, owner of the Musee, it would be great if you could change the links.

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