If Memory Lane were a real street, then Musée Mécanique
would be the big kid on the block. Part history museum, part carnival midway, Musée Mécanique is basically a warehouse filled with coin-operated arcade games, self-playing musical instruments and strange-looking mechanical whatchamacallits that have been lovingly restored to full operation. You can test your strength by arm wrestling a masked robot, listen to an antique player piano and compete for the high score on a vintage video arcade game. It’s fascinating to watch the moving cogwheels and springs in a century-old dancing puppet or animated diorama, and entry is free. You will have to shell out a couple quarters to activate the fortune teller machine or play a classic game of pinball, though.