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'''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum''' is a museum located in Farmington Hills, Mi. For more information visit [http://www.Marvins3m.com Marvins3M.com]
 
  
== Introduction ==
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'''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum''' is a museum founded by [[Marvin Yagoda]], now owned and run by his son Jeremy Yagoda.<ref name=MLive>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5OMZFpvlc A Century of Arcade: Inside Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 2017. MLive. YouTube.]</ref> [[Tally Hall]] titled their [[Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Album)|first album]] after this museum.
  
''Marvin can be quoted as saying, "Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is known from coast to coast, like butter and toast. From headlines to bedlines, from school rooms to pool rooms, this place is like no other that can be found in the contiguous United States and other environs of the free world." I don't think I could have said it better. And if you have been to Marvin's, you would certainly agree with the above statement.''
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Marvin can be heard talking of the museum in the song [[Welcome To Tally Hall]]. He says: ''"Welcome to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum; known from coast to coast, like butter and toast. From headlines to bedlines, from school rooms to pool rooms, this place is like no other that can be found in the contiguous United States and other environs of the free world."''
  
''No one understands hyper-compression like [[Marvin Yagoda]]. His museum is sandwiched between halves of a shopping mall north of Detroit in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Inside he's packed dense masses of historical and modern arcade machines, sideshow wonders, fortune tellers, automatons, and curiosities. Marvin is a 60-something year old pharmacist, and Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a hobby that went out of control.''
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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is sandwiched between 2 halves of a shopping mall north of Detroit in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Inside are a dense mass of historical and modern arcade machines, sideshow wonders, fortune tellers, automatons, and curiosities, Marvin can be quoted as saying that the museum is a hobby that went out of control.
  
''The museum contains items of magic, neon, antiques, posters, airplanes, robots, animation, and all sorts of odd and unusual coin operated games. The coin operated games are the main attraction, and range from the oldest gypsy fortune telling machine of the early 1900's, to the lastest video games. All the games are operational. Admission to Marvin's is FREE.''
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The museum contains items of magic, neon, antiques, posters<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160409165156/http://marvin3m.com/posters.php Posters and Neon at Marvin's. Taken from Web.archive.org. Marvin3m/posters.]</ref>, airplanes, robots, animation, and all sorts of odd and unusual coin operated games. The coin operated games are the main attraction, and range from the oldest gypsy fortune telling machine of the early 1900's, to the latest arcade video games. All the games are operational and admission is free.
  
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''Every inch of Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum's 5500 square feet of floor space with 40 foot ceilings containing an array of buzzing and clattering new and vintage mechanical devices and oddities. Overhead dangle signs, animatronic dummies, over 50 airplane models gliding along a steel rail, vintage fans of all types, and classic sideshow posters. Marvin himself travels the world looking for odd coin operated devices, both new and old. Some of his machines are custom made just for him, and can not be seen in operation anywhere else. Marvin's is also listed in the World Almanac's 100 most unusual museums in the U.S.''
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Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum boasts 5500 square feet of floor space and 40 foot ceilings. The museum contains an array of new and vintage mechanical devices and oddities<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20171218212241/http://marvin3m.com/odds.php Oddities at Marvin's. Taken from web.archive.org. Marvin3m.com/odds.]</ref>. Overhead dangle signs, animatronic dummies, over 50 airplane models gliding along a steel rail, vintage fans of all types,<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160409065621/http://marvin3m.com/fans.php Vintage Fans at Marvin's. Taken from web.archive.org. Marvin3m/fans.]</ref> and classic sideshow posters. Marvin himself used to travel the world looking for odd coin operated devices, both new and old.<ref name=magicmode>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IKloucc4Dk Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 2010. Magicmode. Modern Marvels. YouTube.]</ref><br> Some of his machines are custom made just for him, and can not be seen in operation anywhere else.
  
''Popular attractions at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum are the odd array of machines. Most have a small, hand-lettered card that notes its origins. For example, The 'Drunkard's Dream' is a 1935 view of 'what a drunk sees after one too many'. A quarter satisfies your curiosity. Other popular machines are the fortune tellers, including the animatronic magic of 'The Brain', 'Ralph Bingenpurge', and 'Doctor Kill-r-watt'.''
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Popular attractions at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum are the odd array of machines. Most have a small, hand-lettered card that notes its origins. For example, The 'Drunkard's Dream' is a 1935 view of 'what a drunk sees after one too many'; Other popular machines are the fortune tellers, including the animatronic magic of 'Ask The Brain', 'Ralph Bingenpurge', and 'Challenge Kill-R-Watt'.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20171218212241/http://marvin3m.com/odds.php Oddities at Marvin's. Taken from web.archive.org. Marvin3m.com/odds.]</ref>
  
''Historical coin-operated machines are some of Marvin's personal favorites. For example, there's a coin operated glass case with a medieval dungeon scene. Marvin himself confesses, 'People like love, fortune, and torture machines'. For example try sticking your hand into a hole on something called 'The Great Chopandof'. A grinning character slams a blade down, and blood spurts. Is it your own blood? Only a quarter investment and a steady hand will tell you for sure. Another of Marvin's favorites is 'Cure Your Fear of Spiders', where the patron places their hand in a cage with a spider. Then guess what happens? Oh wait, you'll have to see for yourself!''
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Historical coin-operated machines were some of Marvin's personal favorites. For example, there is a coin operated glass case with a medieval dungeon scene. Marvin himself confesses, ''"People like love, fortune, and torture machines'. For example try sticking your hand into a hole on something called 'The Great Chopandof'. A grinning character slams a blade down, and blood spurts. Is it your own blood? Only a quarter investment and a steady hand will tell you for sure."'' Another of Marvin's favorites is 'Cure Your Fear of Spiders', where the patron places their hand in a cage with a spider.
  
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===History===
 
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''Open since 1990, Marvin has been collecting vintage coin-operated machines since 1960. He constantly adds more, packing things tighter, shifting around games and kid rides. Pause for an ice cream and a drink at the snack bar. This is a family place with a sense of humor. Notice the famous semi-naked pinup poster of Burt Reynolds from Cosmopolitan magaine, with a wooden fig leaf covering his privates. Lift up the hinged fig leaf, and flash bulbs go off with a siren, revealing a large camera hidden above.''
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Marvin had been fascinated with coin operated machines since he was a little kid<ref name=MLive>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5OMZFpvlc A Century of Arcade: Inside Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 2017. MLive. YouTube.]</ref>
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Marvin was a pharmacist by trade and studied at the University of Michigan.<ref name=MLive>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5OMZFpvlc A Century of Arcade: Inside Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 2017. MLive. YouTube.]</ref> after graduating in the early 60's he started collecting coin operated machines, overtaking his wife's house. In 1980 his wife, and his son, Jeremy Yagonda, went to the Tally Hall food court and said that it would be a great place for the machines to take residence for other people to enjoy.<ref name=magicmode>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IKloucc4Dk Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 2010. Magicmode. Modern Marvels. YouTube.]</ref><ref name=THISMMMM>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpSNLF40Ew Tally Hall's Internet Show - Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. tallyall. YouTube.]</ref> This food court is where the band takes their name.
  
''Marvin's is also a great place for [http://marvin3m.com/party.php Birthday Parties]. Whether you're 8 years old or 80 years old, Marvin does a great job at hosting your birthday party! Marvin also rents games and photo booths for parties at your site.''
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Tally Hall is cited as being one of the first food courts in the United States, opening in the early 80's<ref name=THISMMMM>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpSNLF40Ew Tally Hall's Internet Show - Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. tallyall. YouTube.]</ref> and it's where Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum first opened it's doors.<ref>[https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Nk8xAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-AIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3824%2C6229900 Toledo Blade Newspaper, August 21st, 1988]</ref> Tally Hall shut down in the late 80's/early 90's and Marvin's remains the sole surviving piece of the former food court.<ref name=THISMMMM>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpSNLF40Ew Tally Hall's Internet Show - Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. tallyall. YouTube.]</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8spULkc9k0 Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum -TMOW (Traveling My Own Way). 2018. Sandman. YouTube.]</ref>
  
''And Marvin's also has FREE WiFi web access. So while your kids are playing the games, you can take a break at the snack bar area and enjoy a beverage while surfing the Internet on your laptop via the wireless Web access.''
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After Marvin's death in 2017,<ref>[http://www.hiddeninthesand.com/blogs/news/2017/01/marvin-yagoda-1938-2017 Eulogy of Marvin Yagoda on HITS]</ref> The business remains in the hands of his family and is still open, now run and operated by his son Jeremy Yagoda.
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===Trivia===
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Marvin's also host Birthday Parties and other events<ref>[http://www.marvin3m.com/?page_id=23 Parties & Events. Marvin3m.com]</ref><br>
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Marvin's is listed in the World Almanac's 100 most unusual museums in the U.S.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160331103458/http://marvin3m.com/ Archived home page]</ref><ref name=magicmode>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IKloucc4Dk Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 2010. Magicmode. Modern Marvels. YouTube.]</ref><br>
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The museum is home to the area's largest pinball collection<ref>[https://youtube.com/watch?v=vsOd0RLcy2g Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum | Commercial. 2018. Yellow Flag. YouTube.]</ref><br>
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The museum offers free wifi!
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==Links==
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[http://marvin3m.com/ Official Website]<br>
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[https://www.facebook.com/marvinsmarvelousmechanicalmuseum/ Facebook Page]<br>
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[https://www.instagram.com/marvinsmarvelousmechanical/ Instagram Page]<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk3dIdJ3tFzueUfZhmQXhggn1uWM09M3X YouTube Playlist of videos regarding the Museum]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}

Latest revision as of 08:28, 25 January 2019

Taking You Back in Time

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a museum founded by Marvin Yagoda, now owned and run by his son Jeremy Yagoda.[1] Tally Hall titled their first album after this museum.

Marvin can be heard talking of the museum in the song Welcome To Tally Hall. He says: "Welcome to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum; known from coast to coast, like butter and toast. From headlines to bedlines, from school rooms to pool rooms, this place is like no other that can be found in the contiguous United States and other environs of the free world."

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is sandwiched between 2 halves of a shopping mall north of Detroit in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Inside are a dense mass of historical and modern arcade machines, sideshow wonders, fortune tellers, automatons, and curiosities, Marvin can be quoted as saying that the museum is a hobby that went out of control.

The museum contains items of magic, neon, antiques, posters[2], airplanes, robots, animation, and all sorts of odd and unusual coin operated games. The coin operated games are the main attraction, and range from the oldest gypsy fortune telling machine of the early 1900's, to the latest arcade video games. All the games are operational and admission is free.

"They laughed at Henry Ford too."

Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum boasts 5500 square feet of floor space and 40 foot ceilings. The museum contains an array of new and vintage mechanical devices and oddities[3]. Overhead dangle signs, animatronic dummies, over 50 airplane models gliding along a steel rail, vintage fans of all types,[4] and classic sideshow posters. Marvin himself used to travel the world looking for odd coin operated devices, both new and old.[5]
Some of his machines are custom made just for him, and can not be seen in operation anywhere else.

Popular attractions at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum are the odd array of machines. Most have a small, hand-lettered card that notes its origins. For example, The 'Drunkard's Dream' is a 1935 view of 'what a drunk sees after one too many'; Other popular machines are the fortune tellers, including the animatronic magic of 'Ask The Brain', 'Ralph Bingenpurge', and 'Challenge Kill-R-Watt'.[6]

Historical coin-operated machines were some of Marvin's personal favorites. For example, there is a coin operated glass case with a medieval dungeon scene. Marvin himself confesses, "People like love, fortune, and torture machines'. For example try sticking your hand into a hole on something called 'The Great Chopandof'. A grinning character slams a blade down, and blood spurts. Is it your own blood? Only a quarter investment and a steady hand will tell you for sure." Another of Marvin's favorites is 'Cure Your Fear of Spiders', where the patron places their hand in a cage with a spider.

History[edit]

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Marvin had been fascinated with coin operated machines since he was a little kid[1] Marvin was a pharmacist by trade and studied at the University of Michigan.[1] after graduating in the early 60's he started collecting coin operated machines, overtaking his wife's house. In 1980 his wife, and his son, Jeremy Yagonda, went to the Tally Hall food court and said that it would be a great place for the machines to take residence for other people to enjoy.[5][7] This food court is where the band takes their name.

Tally Hall is cited as being one of the first food courts in the United States, opening in the early 80's[7] and it's where Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum first opened it's doors.[8] Tally Hall shut down in the late 80's/early 90's and Marvin's remains the sole surviving piece of the former food court.[7][9]

After Marvin's death in 2017,[10] The business remains in the hands of his family and is still open, now run and operated by his son Jeremy Yagoda.

Trivia[edit]

Marvin's also host Birthday Parties and other events[11]
Marvin's is listed in the World Almanac's 100 most unusual museums in the U.S.[12][5]
The museum is home to the area's largest pinball collection[13]
The museum offers free wifi!

Links[edit]

Official Website
Facebook Page
Instagram Page
YouTube Playlist of videos regarding the Museum

References[edit]