The Seattle Pinball Museum may be one of the city’s most unique places. Located in the heart of the Chinatown-International District, this museum contains more than 50 pinball machines, the oldest of which were made in the 1960s. Museumgoers can expect not only to learn about the history of each machine, but also to play them. And don’t worry about finding enough quarters—one admission price gives you unlimited plays on almost any machine in the building.
When you show up at the museum, you might be greeted by Cash, a friendly golden retriever who often sleeps under the machines. After paying the admission fee, pick up a soda, snack or craft beer from the front desk and get playing. Each machine is equipped with a cup holder, so no need to worry about spilling your drink.
From 1963’s low-frills Swing Along to the 2017’s high-tech Dialed In!, there are machines to suit every visitor. With an abundance of different themes from “Lord of the Rings” to “The Sopranos” to “Star Trek,” it’s hard to get bored. They even have some vintage non-pinball games such as Pacman and Galaga if you’re looking for a small change in routine. Whether you play for high scores or just for fun, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.
For more information about the museum, visit their website at seattlepinballmuseum.com. To find out more things to do in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, go to visitseattle.org/neighborhoods/international-district.