SF Bay Area's Pacific Pinball Museum


23 Responses to “SF Bay Area's Pacific Pinball Museum”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I was visiting sf last winter and took my two teenage daughters – figured we’d spend at least 4 hours there…they lasted less than an hour…

  2. Agit says:

    I am pretty sure I have spent more money playing Pinball over the last year than I spent on video games.

    I can easily drop $5-$10 on pinball in a week, happily I am in a town that is kind of crazy about pinball!!
    For example check out: http://www.portlandpinballmap.com

    Checking the URL it appears that they branched out to other cities, RAD!!

  3. shurikt says:

    Next time you’re in Las Vegas, find the Pinball Hall of Fame.

    It will melt your face.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Man, I was just in Vegas two weeks ago. Damn, wish I’d known. Guess I’ll have to make an excuse to go back!

  4. tyger11 says:

    Medieval Madness is the best pinball machine ever created by humankind. It’s a scientific fact. Oh yeah:


  5. ctgreybeard says:

    I recall that, more than once, we would blow off an entire Friday afternoon from work getting sloshed on pitchers of beer and playing Black Knight for hours and hours. The voice and sound effects got better and better as the afternoon wore on …

    • petsounds says:

      Yes! I am the Black Knight. Give me your money! I always liked his saucy, untoward behaviour towards patrons.

      There’s better up-close videos, but this shows the board well. Really one of the best pinball machines at their pinnacle of art and technical progress. And damn fun…

  6. Roy Trumbull says:

    Long ago, when the only useful logic elements were relays and combinations of relays, those circuits were referred to as “pinball logic”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget there’s a pinball museum near us too, Seattleites!

  8. awjtawjt says:

    Pinball is beautiful. Call of Duty: uggy.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There’s an interesting parallel with pachinko in Japan:

  10. zipr says:

    There is also the National Pinball Museum in DC, which I didn’t know existed until I read that they were going to close. They’ll be open until September at least, in Georgetown:

  11. Donald Petersen says:

    From my not-terribly-recent youth: Pinbot and Creature From The Black Lagoon FTW!

    My brother owns the latter in his home office. Man, it’s fun, and funny to boot.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      Yeah, Pinbot. I also liked Comet, I could play that one well enough to win free games. And Comet had a “sequel,” Cyclone.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Head over to SF to Pier 43, near the famous Fishermans Wharf Sign and Boudin’s factory and visit the Musée Mécanique. It’s got nickelodeons (not the tv channel), and all kinds of mechanical as well as video games. Free to enter, bring lots of quarters..

  13. Anonymous says:

    Pinball is the extremely tragic victim of console and PC gaming. Probably my favorite type of game, they’re just too expensive and require too much maintenance for the remaining arcade to keep them without a lot of passion.

    They might also be the best way to learn the basics of programming and electronics as well.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I was an absolute teen delinquent in the 70s, addicted to pinball and always on the lookout for arcades. I still miss it terribly. All these years later, video games still don’t interest me. (YMMV). I tried to “play” a video game with my 4yo nephew about a year ago – I think they’ve got three different kinds of consoles over there, but after only seconds of me faking it (my character just ran in circles and jumped up once in a while) the jig was up.

    Annoyed, he asked me, “Can’t you even TRY?”

  15. muteboy says:

    I went to an office pizza party at this Museum, and it was amazing. Not just pinball, but mechanical driving and shooting games, and a couple of betting games where real money was changing hands. My review here: http://petty.me.uk/?p=631

  16. unklstuart says:

    He has a ’50s style travel trailer filled with machines to play that I’ve seen at the Maker Faire. My dad brought a pinball machine home and set it up in the basement in the early ’60s. I could turn that thing over. The only Groupon I’ve ever bought was for this museum. See you in Alameda.

  17. Anonymous says:

    There is a pinball museum in Asbury Park, NJ which has a pretty awsome line up of pinball machines. Check out their website here:


  18. allium says:

    They also have Orbitor 1 (sic), a space-themed pinball game developed by two ex-NASA engineers. It’s…well, it’s on YouTube.

  19. Ilya says:

    A year or two back, I was transiting through SFO and these folks had set up a half-dozen of their tables in the terminal, free to play. Best layover ever!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Went there for my daughter’s godfather’s birthday. She was 3 and had a blast. We went to the gaming show in Santa Clara 1.5 weeks ago and had a blast there too. His garage is stuffed with junk and he’s going to give me a 1960′s erra pinball maching (keeping Bride of Pinbot and Austin Powers pinball machines for himself). What a great godfather, plus he’s my high school buddy. Some of the things that pinball machines have said over the years will never leave my brain. “Step right up and ride the ferris wheel!” “Tish…Gomez” “Gone fishin’ leave a message.” ahhh pinball. I used to go to the arcade (4 minutes walk from my house) in the mid to late 70′s and remember enjoying the “Star Trek” pinball game. :)

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