San Francisco Sights



Musée Mécanique Review

A time-warped arcade with antique mechanical contrivances, including peep shows and nickelodeons, Musée Mécanique is one of the most worthwhile attractions at the Wharf. Some favorites are the giant and rather creepy "Laffing Sal," an arm-wrestling machine, the world's only steam-powered motorcycle, and mechanical fortune-telling figures that speak from their curtained boxes. Note the depictions of race that betray the prejudices of the time: stoned Chinese figures in the "Opium-Den" and clown-faced African Americans eating watermelon in the "Mechanical Farm." Admission is free, but you'll need quarters to bring the machines to life.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Pier 45 Shed A, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Phone: 415/346–2000
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 10–7, weekends 10–8
  • Website:
  • Location: On the Waterfront
Updated: 11-05-2013

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