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.

National Videogame Museum – Frisco, Tx

This North Texas museum wants you to play some video games and learn about the industry while you're there. Check out the Timeline of Consoles, (which starts in 1972 with the Magnavox Odyssey) and let your kids be amazed at how far we've come. Play PONG on a giant 1970s TV. Or get comfy inside a replica 1980s kids room where you can grab a controller, sit in front of a small tube TV, and pretend it's just after school and you've got two hours to play until dinnertime.

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photo: National Videogame 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