If you’re in Washington, D.C. today, go visit the National Pinball Museum.
Today – Labor Day – is the last day to visit the museum before it closes and packs up for a move to Baltimore, Md.
The National Pinball Museum has more than 200 machines on exhibit spanning 140 years of pinball history “from Bagatelle (the 18th Century precursor to pinball) through to modern day computerized marvels.”
There are films about the history of pinball, exhibits exploring the art and artwork that made the games so appealing to the eye and so much fun to play and, best of all, a Pay-to-Play exhibit where you can drop a few quarters and play 40 machines ranging from classic, vintage wood rail games to modern solid state machines.
The museum is open today for free and is located at The Shops at Georgetown Park (3222 M St. NW) in Washington, D.C.
After closing today the plan is to reopen in Baltimore in a few months.
Here’s one of my favorite pinball games:
It was on display awhile back at San Francisco International Airport as part of an SFO Museum exhibit on the history of pinball that included many machines from the Pacific Pinball Museum – and the opportunity to play pinball at the airport for free.