You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Tip

Musée Mécanique, San Francisco

Tom NanglE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Tom NanglE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Continue reading below

Indulge your inner child at the Musée Mécanique, a coin-op amusement palace housed in a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. This hands-on funhouse comprises one of the world’s largest private collections of coin-operated, antique penny-arcade machines, automatons, and mechanical musical instruments. Even better, every one of the 300-plus machines is in working order. The cacophony greeting visitors upon entry might include Laughing Sal’s bizarre cackling, the Bimbo Box monkey band performing Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass tunes, and Wurlitzers and mechanical pianos playing. There are vintage video and pinball games, macabre executions, a working farm with more than 150 moving objects, fortune-tellers, games of strength, World Series baseball, dancing and singing marionettes, peep shows, and even old-time photo booths. Musée Mécanique attracts all ages, from families with tykes to nostalgic adults. Admission is free, most machines cost 25-75 cents, and there’s a change machine on the premises.

MUSÉE MÉCANIQUE Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, 415-346-2000, www.museemecaniquesf.com

Hilary Nangle can be reached at hilary@hilarynangle.com.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.