Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame

There are several new museums and attractions in Las Vegas. My favorite is a place I have written about before but has moved to The Strip and experienced new fans. It is, in fact, now adjacent to the just renamed McCarran airport. This familiar landing spot is now officially the Harry Reid International Airport, which disturbs some locals.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is now larger and in a better neighborhood. It has grown from 200 pinball machines to 450. It has always been a private club with all proceeds given to charities like the Salvation Army and local food banks. There is no need, however, to provide your own quarters to play all of its pinball machines. Quarters are available to all who enter and playing the machines is quite fun. They range from a 1933 model from a Chicago World’s Fair without lights and electricity near its entry to several new and state-of-the-art pinball machines. The newest, Rush, is behind the 1933 version and quite popular. Godzilla and the Mandalorian are both new and hot, but the man behind the counter, Patrick, favors Attack From Mars.

The source of these machines are old casinos, and many are the victims of bar closures. A small staff of volunteers keeps these machines operable. No yelling or running are permitted in this museum that makes a gentle side to side shake of machines OK. Like in all pinball facilities, this maneuver can loosen stuck balls.

The powers that decide who benefits from this museum built it. With a much larger parking situation, it makes a fine addition to the attractions on the south end of The Strip that is undergoing big changes.

Hank

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