Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum


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.

4 thoughts on “Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

  1. Paula Slimak

    Niel, your Mechanical Museum pc made me think of something you might want to shoot some day at Roscoe Village in Coshocton. U cld call PR ofc at Roscoe V and they’d know how to reach the shopkeeper. In the lower level of one of the landmark bldgs is an unbelievable antique mechanical toyland. Richard is the magician there. He has fixed EVERYthing to make it work in the Toy Museum. Open on Wkends in summer…not sure abt spring. It’s absolutely fantastic and shld be a whole segment even w/o a walk down thru the Village. You’d love it. (not a store and nothing for sale, but he personally entertains visitors and kids and adults are in love. tnx. Paula Slimak

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    1. Neil Post author

      Hi Paula, I retired from Fox 8 last November. I am passing along any suggestions for new stories to my former producer, Tomi Toyama-Ambrose and offering them to New Day Cleveland. Hopefully, they will like the idea and act on it. All I am doing now is pulling old stories from the file and making sure they are still there and that current information is available. Not sure how much longer I will do this, probably as long as my health permits. Best wishes.

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  2. Paula Slimak

    Neil, neglected to say the Toy Museum or Toy Shop at Roscoe Village is ALL antique toys and all fabulous and working. It’s like the Chocolate Factory movie but with wonderful toys. Hope u set a time to see Richard this year. tnx agn. Paula Slimak

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