The Museum of American Heritage is currently displaying nostalgic artifacts in a new exhibition called Cointraptions: Classic Coin-Operated Machines this fall. The exhibit opened on Sept. 20, 2019 and will run through Feb. 16, 2020.


Travel back in time to the early 1900s to the 1950s when pennies, nickels and dimes were dropped into slots across the nation. Coin-operated machines were widely used in places of businesses such as general stores, toy stores, parlors, restaurants, bars, casinos and gas stops. See how businesses across America operated before the era of the credit card. 


Vintage cash registers, vending machines, mechanical banks, a pinball machine, a mutoscope, gambling devices, slot machines and more, will be on display.


Notable artifacts include a D. Gottieb & Co. pinball machine and a Coca-Cola vending machine.


Museum of American Heritage


The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) celebrates the rich history of technological innovation from 1750 to 1950. MOAH maintains a diverse collection of over 6,000 electrical and mechanical artifacts. 


The Museum of American Heritage is located at 351 Homer Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, California. The museum is open Friday through Sunday, 11AM to 4PM. For more information, call 650.321.1004 or visit Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

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  • Starting Friday, November 1st, 2019, repeats every week on Sunday, Friday, and Saturday until Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


Museum of American Heritage

351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94302

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