I've become pretty good at trip planning in the past few years. It's a hobby of mine to source out the fun, unique sights in a city that's new to us so we can get the most out of our days there. But, sometimes the best days come out of just wandering around and discovering as we go along. That is exactly how we found the incredible Musée Mécanique in San Fransisco. Located on Pier 45 at the foot of Taylor Street in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, the family owned, antique penny arcade is an absolute treasure. Nearly untouched by time, hundreds of authentic, fully functioning games and mechanical amusments are available to enjoy for .25 each (inflation, you know). No tokens or tickets, just a chance to be curious, have a laugh, and take a fun look into the past.
Encased in glass, a large antique diorama of a circus was one of my favourite displays. It was so carefully constructed, hand painted, and wired to move, light up and play carnival music. Just as spell binding as it ever was. Treasures like this are hard to come by.
Luke and Todd had a good time playing with the metal boxers (pre-rock em sock em robots). Eve was both fascinated and freaked out by all the bizarre animatronics. There were plenty of nightmare inducing papier-mâché clowns and sailors and several animated dioramas with grim subjects such as Opium Den, World War I, and the Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Funnn ....
If this kind of thing interests you at all, you HAVE to stop in to this fantastic free museum and drop a few quarters in the machines. Get your money changed by the attendant on antique roller skates, wearing a coin belt. Everything about the experience was top notch and made for some great memories during our stay in San Fransisco.
Plan your trip to Musée Mécanique by visiting their website !