A Reason to Visit the Wharf

Filmmaker Offers Fresh Perspective on Local Landmark

When just a teenager visiting San Francisco for the first time, a highlight of the family trip was the Musée Mechanique. This was back when video arcades were still a thing, but the clunk and whir of the old-timey automatons hadn’t lost their charm and even felt fresh next to the CRT-and-joystick sameness of that era’s Atari, Midway and Nintendo cabinet games. It’s since been moved from the old location out by Ocean Beach to its current home at Fisherman’s Wharf, but like Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1, little of the magic has been lost to time or more modern distractions. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been in a while, hopefully this meditative short will remind you what it’s like to look through childish eyes in wonder again for just a moment.


[h/t Broke Ass Stuart]

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The Musée Mécanique, whether at the Cliff House or on Pier 45, has always been one of my favorite places in the world. My wallet is stuffed with poetic fortunes from a few of the attractions, the typewritten one being the best. That short was simply lovely; thanks for that.