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Musée Mécanique

  • Pier 45 Map It
  • Fisherman's Wharf
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Updated 01/29/2015

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Once a staple at Playland-at-the-Beach, San Francisco's early 20th-century amuseument park, the antique mechanical contrivances at this time-warped arcade—including peep shows and nickelodeons—make it 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.

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Sight Information

Address:

Pier 45, Shed A, San Francisco, California, 94133, United States

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Phone:

415-346–2000

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 10–7, weekends 10–8

Updated 01/29/2015

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