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Planning a Visit

National Pinball Museum is located at 608 Water Street, Baltimore, MD in the historic Chocolate Factory building. Just a few steps from Power Plant Live and the Inner Harbor, the 12,000-square-foot facility features around 100 machines ranging from a 19th century pinball bagatelle game to one of the latest Stern Pinball machines.

National Pinball Museum will be closing at its current location on March 3, 2013. Click here for more information.


Starting January 14, 2012 - March 3, 2012

Fridays..................12 PM - 8 PM
Saturdays.............10 AM - 8 PM
Sundays...............12 PM - 6 PM


Getting Here via Public Transit


From Baltimore's Mass Transit Metro

MTA Maryland Stop: Shot Tower/Market Place. For more information call: 410-539-5000 or toll free 1-666-RIDE-MTA.

Getting Here via Car

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From York, PA and Points West (I-83)
I-83 South. I-83 becomes N. President Street. Turn right onto E. Lombard Street. Turn right onto Market Place.

From Frederick, MD and Points West (I-70)
I-70/US40 East. Take I-695 South (Exit 91B/91A) towards Baltimore/Glen Burnie. Take I-95 North exit towards Baltimore. Take I-395 North (Exit 53) towards Downtown. Continue I-395 to Downtown/Inner Harbor. Turn right onto W. Pratt Street. Turn left onto Market Place.

From Philadelphia, PA and Points North (I-95)
I-95 South (portions toll). Exit I-395 North (Exit 53) towards Downtown. Follow I-395 towards Downtown/Inner Harbor. I-395 becomes S. Howard Street. Turn right onto Pratt Street. Turn left onto Market Place.

From Washington, DC and Points South (I-95)
Take I-95 North to 295 North (Baltimore/Washington Parkway). Turn right onto W. Pratt Street. Turn left onto Market Place.



There is metered parking along Water and S Gay Streets. Most of these spaces have a two hour maximum.

Central Parking
15 S Fredrick Street
0.2 mi from museum
1st hr $7, 2nd hr $10, 3 or more hrs $14

Water Street Garage
414 Water Street
0.3 mi from museum
1st hr $7, 2nd hr $10, 3 or more hrs $13-1 Weekends $8 All Day

Central Parking
55 Market Street
0.1 mi from museum
1st hr $7, 2nd hr $10, 3 or more hrs $13-16

Lockwood Garage
124 Market Place
1st hr $7, 2nd hr $14, 3 or more hrs $20-22

Landmark Parking
33 S Gay Street
0.2 mi from museum
1st hr $8, 2nd hr $13, 3 or more hrs $14-16




NPM is located within Baltimore's premier dining and entertrainment desination - Power Plant Live!

Powerplant: Located only blocks away at 600 E. Pratt St. a variety of dining choices are available, many with a view of the harbor and the National Aquarium. Perfect place for eating outdoors and watching the world go by.
Blu Bambu
Dick’s Last Resort
Hard Rock Café
Phillip’s Seafood

Powerplant Live: Right outside the doors of our Water St. location, one of Baltimore’s top entertainment locations offers a number of dining opportunities. Pizza, Mexican, Asian, or even a steak. 

List of Restaurants
Joe Squared
Luckie’s Tavern
Ruth Chris Steakhouse
For more information on dining and entertainment options at Powerplant Live!  Visit their website:  for more details.

Pratt Street Pavillion: Part of the Harborplace and Gallery complex of shops, the pavilion offers a wide array of choices to satisfy even the most argument prone groups. From pizza and burgers to sushi and smoothies, there’s something for everyone.
List of Restaurants
Cheesecake Factory
Edo Sushi
Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
Jasmine Smoothie World and Tea
La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Lenny’s Deli
M&S Grill
Tir Na Nog Restaurant & Irish Bar
Uno Chicago Grill
For more information on what Harborplace and the Gallery offer, visit their website: .

Other Choices: Right down the street and around the corner are a few more dining options.
Panera Bread
Fogo De Chao
P.F. Chang’s


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Museum Policies

To protect both visitors and exhibits, please take note the following policies in effect throughout the museum.

  • With the exception of private parties in designated areas, food, beverages and chewing gum are not allowed.
  • National Pinball Museum is an interactive museum and we welcome guests to closely examine our collection. However, guests are not allowed to touch mannequins, furnishing or artifacts in the History of Pinball exhibit.
  • Photography or videography is strictly prohibited in the History of Pinball exhibit and where specifically publicized.
  • In the interest of maintaining a pleasant environment for all of our guests, visitors are asked to place cell phones on silent mode or turn them off while in the Museum. If an important phone call is received, please leave the galleries to have your conversation.
  • Children ages 12 and under are to be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times while inside the museum.
  • Children may not be carried on the shoulders of another person.
  • The Museum is not responsible for loss or damage to laptop computers, cameras, and other items of value.
  • We reserve the right to inspect all packages upon entering and exiting the Museum.
  • No running, shouting or horseplay.

With over 14,000 square feet dedicated to all things Pinball, our new facility is large enough to house most of our collection and our innovative educational and cultural programs:


• exhibit spaces

• classroom and workshops

• state-of-the-art restoration lab

• library

• gift shop