Entertaining The Masses: Seattle Pinball Museum

This is your grandpa’s “Angry Birds.”

I love museums. Seriously. I know I’m not the only one. You see, when I was growing up, we didn’t go on vacations; we went on “trips.” The difference? On trips, you learn something.

Vacations are to places like Hawaii or Whistler; trips are to places like Colonial Williamsburg and Mt. Rushmore. On vacations, you do things like lay by the pool, ride roller coasters or shop at designer stores; on trips you visit national landmarks, tour historical places and, most importantly, got to museums. Thus began my affinity for museums and my never-ending thirst for knowledge.

Whether you are a museum fan (aka a lame nerd) like me or not, you’ll probably flip for The Seattle Pinball Museum, located in the Chinatown area of the International District.

Founded in July 2010, the museum boasts more than 40 machines spanning seven decades. For a mere $7, you can have access to all of them — and as many times as you’d like, since all of the operable machines are set to free play. You ain’t seen nothing like this in any amusement hall.

Some notable titles include: a 1994 Demolition Man machine, a 1934 Mystery Six machine (display only) and — the museum’s newest model — a 2011 Rolling Stones machine.

Seattle Pinball Museum is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday from 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.

Seattle Pinball Museum | 508 Maynard Ave. S., International District | (206) 623-0759