Just outside of Detroit, Michigan, is Farmington Hills. It is home to one of my favorite Michigan attractions, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum. It is one man’s life-long collection of mechanical amusement games and, well, just strange things. Things like a copy of P. T. Barnum’s Cardiff Giant. A giant hoax from the 19th century. There is even a copy of the Sing Sing Prison electric chair. But the main emphasis is on games. electronic and mechanical for early in the twentieth century right up to the present time. Did I mention model planes? The ceilings and walls are filled with them. Every size and shape. And here is the best part about the games. They all work and you can play with and on them. Here you can show the kids what their parents and grandparents did for amusement when they were young.
We last visited Marvin’s Museum in the early 2000’s, but they are still there, still open seven days a week and still entertaining families. It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.