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.

Pinball PA – Pittsburgh, Pa

At the Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame and Museum (or simply, "Pinball PA," as it's known locally), you can choose from nearly 400 vintage pinball and arcade machines spanning more than 70 years. This is no ordinary arcade: Pinball, PA's collection features machines so rare there are as few as 10 in existence. And, despite it's nickname, pinball isn't all there is to play; there's also a slew of eighties arcade favorites such as Ms. Pac-Man, Burgertime, Donkey Kong, Tron, and more.

photo: Barry S. 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