Tuesday, April 12, 2016


I always talk about getting out, opening your eyes, and seeing what cool little secrets your town has to offer...somehow we missed this, and it's been open seven years.  BEST kept secret in Las Vegas, evidently.  The PINBALL HALL OF FAME (click on the link there for the O-fficial website).
In addition to looking at flowers in the Bellagio the other day, we did THIS.  We stopped to see what cool photos were waiting to be taken inside this non-descript building - that was all - we were going to photograph it.  We resisted temptation for about ten minutes before we ended up cashing in paper money for coins...lots of coins.  Spent over an hour inside - 10,000 square feet of fun - 152 different pinball machines (203 games in all, counting some arcade games).  You don't get that big a smile on your friend's face from just lookin' at flowers!
The color on these has been "boosted" - not a whole lot...just enough to pop!  The machines are vivid on their own (I just felt like color today).  They range in age from the 1950's through the 90's, and are ALL playable - at the OLD prices of 25 cents for the older games, and 50 and 75 cents for the 90's versions.  This is a non-profit corporation, so all proceeds are donated to non-denominational charities.
All machines housed in this building are owned by one man, Tim Arnold, who has an arsenal of pinball collectors that help him restore and maintain these fabulous machines.
Creature from the Black Lagoon - he was so misunderstood!
We saved the Dunk N' Alien game for the very last thing we played that day.  An arcade game that I'm guessing is probably unbeatable, save for a REALLY lucky shot.  The alien was spitting out insults at us as fast as we could roll balls up and in, trying to hit that swinging red target - LOTS of insults.  And we LIKED it - we were both laughing so hard it actually made playing the game difficult.  Fifty cents for nasty insults - BEST laugh of the day!
Two different Elvira games...I'm sure the Mistress of the Dark has one or two more in there, as well.
Look at THESE clowns!
Gene Simmon's disembodied head in the Kiss Army game.
Twilight Zone and outer space themed games.
Monster Rock, Jurassic Park, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The Big Hurt (Frank Thomas), Captain Fantastic (Elton John), and EVEL KNIEVEL!
"A far better return on fun than any Las Vegas casino environment, and the PHoF actually has windows and a clock in the room!"...PINBALL HALL OF FAME
The Wizard of Oz - this was a beautiful machine, though a little hard to play.  We're just not the "Pinball Wizards" we used to be, evidently.  Want to see this all for yourself?  Click on the links provided.  The doors are open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  NO ADMITTANCE FEE - just a desire for fun, and some quarters to play is all you need!
But it doesn't have to be!  Get on over and make your own fun at the
right here in River City Vegas!


Laurie said...

How cool! The adults can hang out at the Bellagio and the kids can hang out at the Pinball Museum.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

How fun! I can't remember the last time I played a pinball machine. Definitely much more affordable than anything today. Very nice knowing they are there for a good cause.

Maywyn Studio said...

Looks like a fun place that would take a week to get through all the fun.

Quinn said...

Tanya, I swear I can HEAR this post!

Vicki Boster said...

Tanya-- who knew??? I had no idea this museum was in Vegas. Looks like you girls had a great time being "pinball wizards"!!