Thursday, October 4, 2012

Musee Mechanique

When you enter the Musee Mechanique located on Pier 45 of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, you are greeted by the Gypsy Queen.

Oddly enough, I had visited this museum 10 or more years ago when it was in a different location in San Francisco, so I was delighted to stumble upon it at Fisherman's Wharf. And it's free to get into to boot!

 It is full of arcade games from a different time.

 A time when you could spend a penny or a nickel and have your fortune told.

 Or watch silly musicians play for 30 seconds or so.

 Now it costs 25 cents or sometimes 50 cents.

 But where else could you have your palm read for such a bargain?

Although there are some more current video-type games around the sides of the museum...

 ...most of the games of chance are more old fashioned and fun to watch.

 This one was a particular favourite. I should have this at home! Wonder how/if it works?

 Put a quarter in and watch people smoke! Yipee!

 Barbershop quartet singers for twenty-five cents!

This sailor kind of creeped me out. But still kinda fun!


Sarah said...

I want to go!! I'd have to stock up on quarters first.

Evlyn said...

This is fabulous! What fun. These old mechanical devices are so colourful and innocent, somehow. Thanks for taking us back in time.


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