This might have been the coolest place we visited on our trip to Michigan. Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a little outside of Detroit in Farmington Hills in a shopping center. It isn't like a traditional museum, it is more like the most amazing arcade I've ever been too! It is the personal collection of Marvin himself, who has been collecting games since the 1960s! This place is PACKED to the ceiling (literally!) with amazing coin operated machines from all eras. I tried really hard to narrow down the photos in this post, but there was just so much to show you! These photos show a TINY fraction of what there is to see. I'm sure it would take multiple trips back to see it all! And he adds new things all the time. It if free to get in, but bring a bucket of quarters!
I could have just looked up at the ceiling for hours!
Humpty presiding over the snack bar.
These marionettes play their instruments when you drop a quarter in.
One that I REALLY loved was Wally and Wanda the Polka Babies!
There were a few fortune telling machines.
Travis testing the strength of his personality.
There were lots of machines that were scenes like these. I wish I had put quarters in. I have no idea what they did!
Apparently this used to hang in a ladies room.
Travis' favorite was Time Crisis. He helped that little boy figure it out too. It was cute.
We won some tickets! Mostly playing Fruit Ninja, which was awesome on a big touch screen! There are lots of modern games mixed in with the old ones so everyone would have a good time there.
There were tons of great prizes of course. If only we'd had enough for a switchblade comb.
This is the ceiling in the entrance.
We used our tickets to get some really attractive vampire fangs!