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.

The Pinball Hall of Fame – Las Vegas, Nv

Spend those Las Vegas quarters somewhere other than the slot machines at this 10,000-square foot shrine to pinball's heyday. Located just a few steps from the Las Vegas Strip, this Tropicana Avenue museum houses more than 150 pinball machines—as well a selection of traditional arcade games, Skee-Ball lanes, and claw machines. With most of the machines harkening back to the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, the museum feels a bit like stepping back in time. Even better? No inflation (games still cost a quarter).

Fun fact: When you spend your quarters here, you're pinballing for a good cause—the museum is an official not-for-profit corporation, and any excess revenues go to non-denominational charities.


photo: Gregg W. via Yelp

  • 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