Play a Machine at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas

In my younger years, an afternoon out with my father typically included a visit to the local arcade where we spent hours trying to beat high scores on the video games and pinball machines. I am the self-proclaimed Galaga master. I wanted to relive those years. Or at least have my initials flashing on the high score board again. Enter the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit arcade that is 10,000 square feet of pure pinball, peppered with a few classic arcade games. Machines date as far back as 1933, with several from the 60s and 70s. 

When I told the taxi driver we were going to the Pinball Hall of Fame he raised his brows, “Where?”. It was just under three miles from the strip, but he had never heard of it. An unknown gem.
Alternative Slot Machine
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I came prepared with a purse full of quarters, even though the last experience bringing coins to Las Vegas resulted in them being swabbed for drugs at the airport and there was also the “ah ha” moment when realizing that slot machines don’t take coins anymore. Brilliant.

This time would be different. This mound of coins would easily be purged playing classic pinball machines. Instead of winning cash, the rewards would be extra balls, free plays and flashing lights. And the proceeds of my playing benefit the Salvation Army. Yep. This playhouse is also a nonprofit organization.

Most of the games were set at 25 to 50 cents per play. And one quarter lasted longer than any time I have ever spent playing the Lucky Seven in the casinos. These pinball machines are officially the cheapest slot machine in Las Vegas.

My main goal at the Pinball museum, besides getting an impressive score, was to play the oldest machine on premise, which happened to be the 1933 Jig Saw.
Oldest Pinball Machine

The Jigsaw was completely mechanical, using no electricity and it lacked flippers.

You simply shake the machine to strategically move the ball, while trying not to tilt. It’s more challenging than it looks. There was no high score for me.
Jigsaw Pinball MachineJigsaw Pinball MachineJigsaw Pinball Machine
Not only are there pinball machines, but there was also a small collection of the classic video games; Donkey Kong, Galaga, Pacman, etc.

Apparently I have lost all of my mad arcade game skill, you will not see my initials blinking on any of these.

Before heading back to the strip, sans a high score, I gave the The Golden Arm a shot. It appeared to be an easy enough arm wrestling game. I’ve got arms. Two. And I used them with all my body strength to score the coveted title of “Piano Mover”.
Annette White at the Pinball Hall of Fame

I lied. I really got the title of “Banana Crusher”.

Peter is the “Piano Mover”. Good to know in case I ever need one.
Golden Arm Arcade Game

Though I played a dozen machines, it turns out that I may have lost my touch. Only one “extra ball” to brag about. But, the experience for two only cost 26 bucks. Half of which was for the taxi. Take a bus.

What’s your favorite Pinball machine or Arcade game? Do you play slot machines?




2017-03-11T09:40:41+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Categories: Nevada, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: |

14 Comments

  1. Jeff @ GoTravelzing October 1, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I have been wanting to go there but never found the time on my last two trips.  I will definitely go on my next trip.  I love all those old games.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      The Pinball Hall of Fame had some really cool old games that brought back memories for me. I hope you get the chance to go!

  2. Juliann October 2, 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Love the pictures! This brings back so many memories of my teenage years living in Asbury park, New Jersey. We used to spend a lot of time and money at the arcades on the boardwalk there. I can't say I ever had a favorite game; I wasn't all that good, but my boyfriend was. I was mostly there to watch and fawn over him. 🙂

  3. Stephanie October 4, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I was never the gambling type, so this would be the place for me if I ever make it down to Las Vegas! Whenever my husband drags me to the casino, you can find me in the kid's arcade room hitting up the pinball. Thanks for sharing!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      I am good for playing about $10 on the slot machines and then I get mad when I lose it. So, this was fun with no expectations.

  4. Scarlett October 9, 2012 at 3:14 am - Reply

    This looks so much fun!! I used to have the same sort of days out with my dad, i'd love to give it a go again, see if I've still got my touch! xxx

  5. cosmoHallitan October 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    This place looks like a lot of fun! I used to love going to the arcade when I was a kid. Our local pizza place had a few games too, notably Pacman, and my friends and I would play after sporting events at our school. Teenagers today are really missing out!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      I was just with my nieces playing Wii and it definitely ain’t no Pacman! It was really complicated! Maybe just for me 😉

  6. […] from flipper to drop-target to spinner. This may explain why I was adamant about going to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas and also why I was immediately drawn to the pachinko parlors that are scattered throughout the busy […]

  7. Mike Arcade December 7, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Great fun! As a Lover of arcades, I can really appreciate this. Loved your pics too 🙂

  8. Ollie May 20, 2017 at 2:50 am - Reply

    I love Pinball! I really wish they would start manufacturing the machines again. Way too rare these days 🙁

    • Annette White May 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I love the old school pinball machines too. They bring back so many fond memories.

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