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“Heaven for gamers”

Seattle Pinball Museum
Ranked #7 of 65 Fun & Games in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come enjoy a truly unique Seattle experience. Play the largest public pinball collection in the Pacific Northwest. 50 plus games on free play with your paid admission. Located in the heart of Chinatown/International District. Also available vintage soda, bottled craft beer, ciders and snacks. Children 6 years and under are always welcome to observe.
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

This is a place for gamers. Our college age boys were enthralled and challenged. Mostly Pinball machines, with 4 original 8 bit games (PAC-man, Ms. Pac-man, Galaga & Missile Command) upstairs. Admission gives you unlimited play. Density of people varied throughout the day. We were lucky that all 4 of us never were without a game to play. Machines with brief description of what innovations were unique to that game. More fun house than a true Museum; nothing devoted to how a Pinball machine works or the true origins if the machines. Very limited snack and drinks with only 2 small tables upstairs for break. Stayed 3 hours and would have stayed longer if hunger did not set in. Not a place to go if you are NOT a gamer.

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Reviewed 26 May 2017

This is so cool! Pay one price and play pinball and arcade games ALL day! All of the games are set on Free Play and they have some of the finest classics ever made! For someone like me who eat, breathed, and lived the arcade era this is a nostalgic gem!

1  Thank Joy T
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

They have two kinds of admission - you can visit once or pay a little more to revisit at your leisure all day. At first I thought that the price was quite a bit for such a small place, but I was really wrong.

Admission includes free play on all the machines, except on the day I visited there were two machines that were new so you had to pay for them. Still totally worth it to try! They have signs on most of the machines telling you a bit about the history and most of them have a "fun rating" by the International Pinball Database.

The museum as so many unique games. It's organized chronologically and there's even a second floor. There's more than just pinball, and honestly, if it was a traditional arcade I would have spent more than the admission cost.

Their oldest game was from 1960 and all the games are very well maintained/restored. A few of the games were off but I don't know if they were out of order or simply unplugged.

Be careful if you have a timing to meet, it is very easy to lose track of time! They even sell snacks and drinks, and most of the games have cup-holders, so one could definitely find themselves staying for many hours.

3  Thank Tansy C
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

I visited Seattle as part of a trip that included New York, Vancouver and Portland. This was one of the highlights.

$15 to play as much as you want and beer available to buy. Cindy and her husband were very pleasant and passionate about their place. The museum has more machines than you could play on from the 60's up until today and is great whether you're a pinball expert or have never played at all.

This is an essential stop if you're visiting Seattle.

2  Thank Lucocinn
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Visiting from Ireland we discovered this place on Atlasobscura. Cindy and her husband were so lovely. We had a couple of craft beers playing the pinball machines but pakman was particularly a favourite spent literally an hour on it! Highly recommend a visit

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