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Seattle Pinball Museum

At the Seattle Pinball Museum you can find pinball machines that date back all the way to the 1930s


Pinball machines have been around for decades and still remains to be a staple when it comes to games at the arcade.

The Seattle Pinball Museum opened its doors in 2010 and their idea was to provide classic pinball machines as an example of kinetic art.

The museum has become a staple of Seattle, Washington bringing together generations of fans from all over the world.

Owners Charlie and Cindy Martin have been fans of the arcade game for many years and claim they have several in their living room and garage. "My interest in pinball really took off in 2008, I got bored with network TV so I looked into the idea of buying a pinball machine to put in my garage. It was a way to relax after work, hang out with the dogs, smoke a cigar and play some pinball," Charlie explained.

You can play on this pinball machine which dates back to the 1960s

During the business' search for an affordable location, Martin discovered a program called Storefronts Seattle, which joins empty storefronts and artists to restore a neighborhood.

The Pioneer Square and Chinatown neighborhoods were the first of the Storefronts Seattle program.

The Seattle Pinball Museum was selected as a 'creative enterprise' and they were given a three-month grant at a vacant location in Seattle's International District. Since 2011, the Seattle Pinball Museum has stood alone as an independent business.

Martin said, visitors of all ages from around the world come to visit the museum and play the wide array of games. "I think the thing that I really enjoy the most about pinball is it's always different. You could have two identical games side-by-side and they are gonna play different depending on how they are set up, what their age is, number of games on it. There’s a saying in pinball, that the ball is wild and no two games are really ever exactly the same," Martin exclaimed.

Currently the most popular game at the museum, 'The Attack From Mars.'

"A lot of people cannot believe that a place like this exists or that pinball machines are still being produced so one of the thrills for myself and the employees is educating people that these pinball machines are still being made and showing people how much fun it really is, including seeing a new generation of enthusiasts get into it, enjoy it, have fun and just really experience it."
Charlie Martin, owner of Seattle Pinball Museum

The museum's collection has grown quickly, since starting with several pinball machines, they now have about 60 different games which range from the 1960s to present day.

Learn more about the Seattle Pinball Museum here.

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