Musee Mecanique

On a post long, long ago, former* BdW reader Jenelle suggested that if i was ever in San Francisco, I should check out the Musee Mecanique. Well, since I found myself in SF with lots of time to kill, I did just that and boy was I glad I did.

Imagine a room chocked full of row after row of old-timey arcade machines. Love testers, strength testers, laughing creepy dolls, elaborate scenes where everything moves when you drop in your quarter, player pianos, mechanical games, stereographic slideshows, and on and on. There are a few nods to modernity, like some classic video games*, skee ball, air hockey, penny smashers galore, and one "game" where you grab onto these two metal posts and it progressively shocks you more and more until you let go. The more shock you can stand, the more points you get. Oy.

Located at Fisherman's Wharf, the Musee Mecanique is quite a treat. Admission is free, with the only money you spend being on playing the various games and novelties. The attendant, at least when I was there, cruised around on roller skates and was glad to show off his skillz at the various obscure games.
Tuesday October 12 2010File under: travel

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on Tue 12th Oct, 2010 10:09 pm PDT Mom said:
Okay, I'm curious, how shocking could you be on a scale of 1-10? It reminds me of holding hands with my brothers on the farm when the first one would touch the electric fence and the last one in the line (usually me)would get the biggest jolt. Oh big brothers, what bothers.
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on Thu 14th Oct, 2010 02:16 pm PDT mely said:
i've been there!
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on Mon 25th Oct, 2010 07:53 pm PDT Dan Zelinsky said:
Thanks for kind words, glad you enjoyed yourself! I want to let you know that we have a new web site at http://www.museemecanique.com. The one you link to is not owned operated by us, if you could change it, we'd appreciate it!
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on Tue 26th Oct, 2010 09:33 am PDT Wren said:
@Dan: Thanks for the correction. It's been...um...corrected. Also, thanks for maintaining a kick ass attraction!
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