Pinball Hall of Fame Pinball Museum in Las Vegas
Family Friendly Las Vegas Fun
Right across the street from the now closed Liberace Museum is the Pinball Hall of Fame Pinball Museum. Despite the name, this is more like a huge arcade than a museum. Unlike most museums, you're not only allowed to touch the displays but you're encouraged to. They have hundreds of pinball machines both new and old. The newer machines cost $.50 each (which is what they cost in a normal arcade), but what I really love is that the older machines I used to love are just a quarter per game.
This is one of the most family friendly and affordable attractions in Las Vegas. Give each child $10 and they'll be playing pinball for hours and even then they'll have only explored a small fraction of the total pinball machines this place has to offer. Located at 1610 East Tropicana, The Pinball Museum is not far from The Las Vegas Strip.
What Pinball Games Do They Have?
The list of pinball games at the Pinball Museum is too big to list here, but I will list some of my favorites. Here they are:
- 24 (2009)
- Baseball (1970)
- Dr. Who (1992)
- Football (1949)
- Kiss (1979, as seen in the movie Role Models and on Pawn Stars)
- Pool Sharks (1989)
- Rescue 911 (1994)
- Wheel of Fortune (2007)
- Wizard (1975)
Some random pinball facts
Did you know that pinball was illegal in much of the United States until the mid-1970's? It was banned in New York City and relegated to seedy sections of town in adult stores until a demonstration by a world-class pinball player proved to city politicians that it was not a game of chance and actually required a lot of skill.
The original pinball games did not have paddles. You played the game by launching the ball and then tilting the machine to roll it around.
Warren Buffett started his fortune with a pinball machine business. He split profits with business owners who installed his machines and paid a friend to repair them. He didn't make any of his own machines though.