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Musee Mechanique to close

Monday 18 March 2002

Read about community upset over closure of San Francisco’s Musee Mechanique. The National Park Service plans to refurbish the historic building where the collection is housed.

This is one of the largest privately owned collections of Antique coin-operated automatic mechanical musical instruments in the world. There are over 160 machines consisting of Grand-Ma Fortune Tellers, lovetellers, strength testers, photo booths and several games of chance and skill dating back from the 1880’s thru the present. All of the “Penny Arcade” machines are in their original working condition so the public can play and enjoy them as they were originally intended. Admission is always free but all machines are coin operated. [quote from Musee Mechan­ique website].
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