Got kids who love games? Get them off whatever mobile device they’re playing and take them to one of these spots, most of which harken back to a time when getting a pixelated frog across a freeway was the pinnacle of gaming success. Whether your’e a pinball pro or a dedicated video gamer, you’ll find something to play at one of these awesome arcade and game museums across the U.S.

Pacific Pinball Museum – Alameda, Ca

This stylish Alameda arcade offers a vintage collection of more than 85 pinball games (rotated from a collection of almost 400) from the 1950s onward. But more than just an arcade, the museum aims "to teach science, art and history through pinball." Wait, science? In pinball? But of course! After all, a pinball machine wouldn't work without slope; and force can be a push or a pull, right? Ding, ding, ding! Now, go push some flippers and get that silver ball to bounce.

photo: Pacific Pinball Museum's Facebook page

  • Pacific Pinball Museum - Alameda, Ca
  • The Pinball Hall of Fame - Las Vegas, Nv
  • Museum of Math - New York, Ny
  • American Classic Arcade Museum - Laconia, Nh
  • Arcadia: America’s Playable Arcade Museum - McLean, Il
  • National Videogame Museum - Frisco, Tx
  • Pinball PA - Pittsburgh, Pa
  • The Strong - National Museum of Play - Rochester, Ny
  • Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzelry - Beaverton, Or
  • The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment - Oakland, Ca
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum - Simi Valley, Ca


Have you been to one of these game museums? Share with us in a comment below!

—Melissa Heckscher