When I lived in San Francisco in the late-1990s, my favorite place to unwind was the Musee Mecanique, a big room full of old arcade amusements, automatons, games and the like located in a big beautiful room at the Cliff House overlooking Ocean Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Shortly after I left San Francisco, the Musee was evicted and ultimately relocated to Pier 45. I hadn’t visited since its move, but decided to stop by on a recent visit and take some pictures. Though the location is far less magical, the amusements remain as wondrous as ever.

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3 Responses to The Penny Arcade's Sister

  1. Cheryl Henderson says:

    I noticed that we do not have 105.7 this morning. When will you be back…CH

  2. Mike Procell says:

    I wonder were those fighting robots the forerunner to “Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots”?

  3. Lisa Beyerle says:

    I feel all rested from my quick San Francisco vacation! Thanks! There was a terrifying ‘Laughing Lady’ at Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland when I was a small girl. She seemed ENORMOUS. I saw her one final time as an adult, and was surprised how short (and tacky) she seemed. I loved thinking of myself as that innocent little girl…

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