Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda

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You'll find over 90 playable machines at Pacific Pinball Museum, dedicated to preserving pinball as an important part of America's distinctive culture. You won't have to fumble for coins once inside this fun and interactive venue--your ticket allows you to play all the machines on display to your heart's content. The family-friendly and educational museum features exhibits about pinball history and evolution, with machines that date all the way back to the 1870s. The oldest machine housed here is a 19th-century Montague Redgrave Parlor Bagatelle, with some modern examples including a 1930s Bally Bumper, seized by the Oakland police during the Prohibition. Make Pacific Pinball Museum part of your personalized Alameda itinerary using our Alameda online journey maker .
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  • The word museum is not reflecting the store precisely. They have the historical info and artifacts from the early days. But more interestingly they have the different pinball machines from 1950s in wo...  more »
  • Anybody under the age of 30 probably will not "get" the Pacific Pinball Museum; it's an ANALOG attraction, a bit of history, and though a room full of these machines (all in use!) can be a bit loud, f...  more »
  • I was a bit skeptical of this place, but my friends had it on their list of places to visit in the area so I tagged along. I'm so glad I did! You pay a flat fee and then can play unlimited all day. Yo...  more »
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  • Excellent place to come to and hang out to have fun on your old school pinball games. Such a cool place and wish they had more to go to in the Bay Area and with bowling allies and cool bbq spots and vegan food and cool dance floors and roller skating as well to. With retro themes to host parties of old school 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's to of dress style retro dance parties and Dj jams to have a fun good times and a ball room and host old school movies to of a bigger all of one type thing of cool clubs and games and board games to.
  • What a blast. Even my wife, who was never really into pinball had a great time. For me it was a serious walk down memory lane and a chance to explore more modern machines. If you like pinball at all, this is the place to spend some time.
  • My children (ages 5, 9 and 10) and I visited this museum for the first time back in April 2018. SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE! I appreciated the fact that we could learn a little history and have fun at the same time. We talked a great deal about when various pinball machines were built (the little bios at the top of each machine are so incredibly informative) as well as the engineering behind them; STEM at its best here! There are also later model machines available for play. I certainly don't consider myself to be a pinball enthusiast, but the Pacific Pinball Museum surely has made me one! The staff are helpful and engaging which is definitely a plus too. And for a Saturday, it didn't feel crowded as there are plenty of machines for everyone to use. I highly recommend this place as a fun family outing as it offers entertainment and a unique history lesson as well. Lastly, and most importantly, paying a flat fee to get in with FREE play on all the machines is a HUGE BARGAIN! Pacific Pinball Museum is fun and affordable which made for an AWESOME family experience!
  • Lots of fun, they hundreds of pinball machines, old and new. Just pay a reasonable price of $20 and with the press of one button your having a blast. I went with my dad and we stayed for 4 hours. It was a blast.
  • Huge variety,you can get your fix of all era's great place spend time. Enjoy!!
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