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National Pinball Museum Comes to Baltimore Inner Harbor

The collection includes more than 800 machines with several rooms devoted to the history of pinball machines that can trace their lineage back to 18th-century France. The Pinhead Gallery offers a changing array of games to play on vintage machines dating back to the 1940s. The National Pinball Museum also offers a state-of-the-art restoration lab.
The Chocolate Factory, a 12,000 square foot; four-floor historic building located at 608 Water Street houses the National Pinball Museum's one-of-a-kind collection of pinball machines and exhibits.

History of Pinball

Permanent exhibit focuses on the history of the pinball machine. This exhibit takes visitors on a journey from Bagatelle (the 18th Century precursor to pinball) through to modern day computerized marvels. Along the way, visitors will learn about the rich 140 year history of pinball, artists, and the events and pop culture captured in machines of every era.

Rotating Exhibits

Main Exhibit Hall of the National Pinball Museum features rotating exhibits. Currently on display are:
The Golden Age of Pinball —From the 1940s into the 1960s, three companies: Gottlieb, Bally, and Williams defined an industry with their innovative approaches to an All-American game.

Artist vs. Designer — A look at two of the most celebrated employees of Gottlieb Manufacturing: Charles Leroy Parker and Wayne Neyens.

The Art of Stan Fukuoka — A look at the three games that made Stan Fukuoka a modern pinball icon.

A key component of the Museum's mission and what sets it apart from other pinball organizations is their Education and Community Outreach Program that uses pinball as a medium to present international history, art and culture from an unusual perspective, as well as to provide training in electronics, visual arts, woodworking and machine restoration. The Museum is seeking funding to provide scholarships to prepare low-income youth and adults for lucrative careers in machine repair and restoration, as well as electronics, technology, and carpentry.

In the Museum's interactive play exhibit, Pinhead Gallery, visitors will be able to play machines ranging from classic, vintage woodrail games to modern, solid state machines.

With over 12,000 square feet dedicated to all things Pinball, this museum will likely become Pinball Central for lovers of those games, and those who are just curious about them.
Based on information provided the the National Pinball Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.

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