San Francisco’s Musée Mécanique is a privately owned collection of vintage coin-operated arcade machines.
Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf tourist district, Musée Mécanique is one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of mechanical games. It includes coin-operated fortune tellers, player pianos, pinball machines, photo booths, and other nostalgic novelties.
Visitors are welcome to play the games at this interactive museum. The full collection is estimated at 300 objects, about 200 of which are displayed. Of special interest are machines crafted from toothpicks, created by San Quentin State Prison inmates.
Admission to the museum is free; visitors pay to play each of the games.