Child’s Play: Cheap Fun at Vegas’s Pinball Hall of Fame

Museums aren’t in plentiful supply here in Las Vegas; and the one’s that do exist are odd to say the least (like The Atomic Testing Museum, for example, The Exotic Heritage or the recently closed ‘Liberace Museum’). The Pinball Hall of Fame is no exception.

The name can be misleading because the Pinball Hall of Fame is less a museum and more a giant warehouse of old arcade games. There’s no cover charge and the pinball, fussball, Pacman, air hockey and Super Mario Brother games all cost just 25 cents (50 cents for some of the newer games). Most of the games are from the 50s and 60s (Pinball’s heyday) but there are some from the 90s (like the Jurassic Park and Star Trek-themed machines). It’s a cheap way to spend an afternoon (I spent just five dollars the hour and a half I was there).

Oddly enough, though you would think a place like this would be crowded with children, it was mostly deserted. The only people there besides my friends and I were a handful of middle-aged men. It was an odd experience, to say the least, but fun, too. I enjoyed beating all the boys at air hockey.

Pinball Hall of Fame

Address: 1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Phone: (702) 597-2627

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