A few steps from Nick’s Lighthouse and the other yummy-smelling food spots on Pier 45 of Fisherman’s Wharf is the penny arcade, Musée Mécanique:
Located at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, The Musee Mecanique is one of the world’s largest privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working (and playable) condition. Open Daily, Free Admission.
There was old-timey foosball and pinball and even skeeball (upon which I sliced my finger open, first injury of the trip.) There was Big Bertha (Laffing Sal, actually) and rock em sock em boxers and various drunk characters whose entire purpose was to fall down or spill beer on themselves. And, of course, there were other representations of life from way-back-when (including some questionable “cultural” displays, one of which you’ll see below.) There was even a massage chair but warning to the shy among us to NOT use it unless you’re prepared for all eyes to be on you. It’s LOUD and it like really really vibrates and people will STARE at you for sure. #firsthandexperience
Here’s a smattering of what we saw and played with and laughed at while we were there. We were too busy enjoying ourselves to get more than these few shots:
If you’re planning on going to San Francisco, you seriously can’t miss this place.