Trip To The Amazing Pinball Hall of Fame – Las Vegas

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I am a regular visitor to Las Vegas. On my last visit to Vegas, I took a bit of side trip to the amazing Pinball Hall of Fame. I know, I know … what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. For your sake, I am breaking that admonition to tell you about the Pinball Hall of Fame.

When I made my last visit to Vegas, the Pinball Hall of Fame was on my agenda, not once, but twice. I spent parts of two days at the Pinball Hall of Fame and it was one my favorite parts of my visit to Vegas last time around.

 

The Background of the Pinball Hall of Fame

The Pinball Hall of Fame, located at 1610 East Tropicana in Las Vegas, is a project of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club. The Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club is the brainchild of Tim Arnold, a man who owned arcades in Michigan before he left that business and made his way to Vegas.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit endeavor. The museum came into being through donations. Donations are still accepted to support the museum. venture and its creation came about in part due to donations, which are still accepted.

Tim Arnold, the founder, and his team of volunteers keep the museum up and running today. Excess revenues from museum are donated to the Salvation Army.

 

Stepping Inside the Pinball Hall of Fame

The Pinball Hall of Fame is an expansive 10,000 square feet venue. After the amazing array of pinball machines, the next thing I noticed was that unlike the casinos on the Strip and elsewhere, the Pinball Hall of Fame has windows and clocks.

The Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club features machines from all eras. What was really exciting about the Pinball Hall of Fame is the amazing number of extremely rare machines. These include Williams’ Black Gold, Bally’s Pinball Circus, and Recreativos Franco’s Impacto.

The museum is home to over 200 pinball machines. These include classic video arcade machines as well as novelty machines from different eras.

Absolutely all of the machines at the Pinball Hall of Fame are available for play. They are not in the museum for display only.

 

It’s All About Pinball, Not Making a Fast Buck

While you drop coins to play the machines, it’s clear when you are at the Pinball Hall of Fame that the primary objective of the establishment is not to make a fast buck. Boy, is that refreshing in Vegas. When you are in the Pinball Hall of Fame, you truly feel that the establishment exists for the game and to raise some money for charity along the way.

 

Keeping Costs Down

In order to keep costs down at the Pinball Hall of Fame, and to enhance the amount of money that can go to charity, I learned some interesting facts about how the establishment keeps costs down.

The Pinball Hall of Fame sports royal blue carpet in some spots, which is scrap carpeting the crew from the establishment nabbed from the Convention Center. The change machines were thrown out by the Golden Nugget’s and the Pinball Hall of Fame crew picked them up before the trash man arrived.

 

The Vegas Scene

Another plus of taking in the Pinball Hall of Fame is found in the fact that it isn’t far off the Strip. You can make a jaunt over to the Pinball Hall of Fame any time you want a break from the action on the Strip.

I also found that the Pinball Hall of Fame is a great place to bring the whole family. There is a real vibrant feel about the place, with adults and kids all having tremendous times playing pinball and checking out all of the great vintage machines.

 

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Jessica Kane is a writer for The Pinball Company, the best online source for new, used, and refurbished pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and more!

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