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With a clock that goes backwards, and is always wrong, drive under this sign to get to Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum.

After hearing of the possible closure of Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, I decided to take a trip there and see it for myself. It has been years since I was last there. If my memory serves, I believe the last time I was at Marvin’s may have been in the late 90s, I can’t recall. It had been so long that when I pulled up I didn’t realize that you can drive under the sign to parking right in front of the entrance.

Last week the city of Farmington Hills city council voted unanimously to demolish the building to make room for another Meijer store. I mean, how many Meijer stores does one region need? I guess we need more.

According to their Facebook page last week “Yes, the city voted and the mall will be torn down but from what I understand we have our space till the end of the year. We will be moving, not closing! Where? I do not know as of yet but I hope to stay within the same general area and will keep everyone posted as things progress but again WE ARE NOT CLOSING!” I hope not. Places like this are hard to find.

As I walked, I noticed a couple of things right away. First off, there were a lot of kids in sight. As I walked into the place a little more I came to realize that it was an arcade from about 8 feet down, and from 8 feet up it’s something you might see on American Pickers. All sorts of classic tapestries from years gone by. I found myself marveling at the old posters promoting everything from old fairs and circuses to sayings, to magicians, and so on. I also took note of how small the place is. Just 5,500 square feet of a step back in time of game-playing goodness.

Personally, I was drawn to the older machines. Some of them are from a hundred years ago. Yeah, there are modern games like pinball and others, but I wanted to see some of the vintage machines. Fortune tellings, to all sorts of crazy machines that came from the mind of the founder, Marvin Yagoda. In the words of his son, Jeremy, he said his father was a “very interesting character.” who fell in love with coin-operated machines when he was a little kid.

If you get a chance, take a stroll to Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills and make some memories with your family. It would be sad to see a locally owned family business disappear.

Check out some pictures I took from my visit below.


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