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Tilt, Flip And Bump Your Heart Out At Seattle’s Pinball Museum

Add this stop to your US trip.

Settle that pinball high score for once and for all at the Seattle Pinball Museum, where fans of this famed arcade game can play until their fingers bleed – or until they run out of coins.

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Image: Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Located in the city’s Chinatown district, the Seattle Pinball Museum humble storefront boasts over 50 pinball machines, with around 30 of those in working order. What began as a humble collection by pinball enthusiasts Charlie and Cindy Martin has since turned into a way of life with the couple now showcasing vintage and modern pinball machines to a brand new audience, as well as a few old fans.

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Image: Amber Case / Flickr

The oldest working game in the museum is from 1960, with a collection of pop culture games spanning the decades since – themes include Indiana Jones, Pacman, Guns ‘n’ Roses, The Lord Of The Rings, The Addams Family and heaps more. There’s even the iconic pinball machine made for English band The Who, which was named after their song “Pinball Wizard” from the album Tommy.

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Image: Amber Case / Flickr

If you’re keen for a go on any of the colourful, loud and incredibly fun machines, you won’t need to keep a pocket full of coins handy either – the games are all set to free play and an all day play pass will set you back US$15 (AU$21).

How to get there

  • Fly Qantas to San Francisco
  • Take a connecting American Airlines flight to Seattle
  • Take the Link Light Rail to International District/Chinatown
  • Walk four minutes to 508 Maynard Ave South, Seattle
  • Seattle Pinball Museum

(Lead image: Amber Case / Flickr)