The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts located at Fisherman’s Wharf. The museum owns over 300 mechanical machines and is one of the largest privately owned collection of such games in the world.
Ed Zelinsky began collecting at age 11 and his games were exhibited in the 1920s at Playland. In 1972 Playland closed and Musée Mécanique became a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The museum moved into the basement of the famed Cliff House, just a few blocks north and across the Great Highway from the Playland site.
Zelinsky’s son, Dan Zelinsky, took a temporary job in the 1970s maintaining the collection.
The museum was featured in the 2001 film The Princess Diaries and in a 2011 episode of the Japanese television show GameCenter CX.
They accept private parties! But… due to wide appeal, they do not close to the public during our posted open hours.