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PRESS RELEASE 12-2-2010: One-of-a-kind National Pinball Museum Set to Open

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Contact: Yesenia Peiker
Director of Communications
(732) 749-0581
[email protected]


Washington, DC, November 29, 2010

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, National Pinball Museum, will celebrate its grand opening from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Located at 3222 M Street, NW, in The Shops at Georgetown Park, the Museum houses a one-of-a kind collection of pinball machines, as well as a library, gift shop and a Pay-to-Play Area where visitors can play up to 40 machines.

To share his passion for pinball with a wider audience, curator David Silverman founded the Museum as a non-profit organization in 1998. The 14,000-square-foot Museum in Washington, DC, is a culmination of Silverman’s dream to find a home for his collection of more than 800 pinball machines. The machines on display in the new space range from a 19th century pinball precursor to the very latest computer-driven marvels of today. Silverman, an artist, professor, and landscape designer, searched for suitable space for more than a decade. Now his vision has come to life in a space ripe with fascinating historical facts, vibrant eye-popping art, and fun, interactive exhibits. The Museum truly offers something for everyone!

Silverman sees the Museum as a gateway to learning about American history and culture: “There’s just something about the games. Even as a kid, I was fascinated. I want to share my love of pinball and give people the chance to learn about this very American pastime before it slips away.”

Admission is $13.50 for people ages 9 and older; children under 9 are admitted free; and family and group discounts are available. The Museum is offering a 25 percent discount on tickets purchased by December 3. National Pinball Museum is available for private events and parties. All proceeds from admissions, retail sales, and Pay-to-Play fund the Museum’s operations and educational programs. For more information about National Pinball Museum, visit

National Pinball Museum aims to go beyond the traditional museum model to create a touch-play-learn environment that is educational, interactive, and exciting. In this way, the museum hopes to awaken both the sweetest memories of those who grew up in pinball’s heyday and trigger the interest of a younger generation in this important part of American history. The museum is designed to inspire visitors to look beyond the buzzers and the bells and discover the art and technology that lies within.

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"Why do people in ship mutinies always ask for 'better treatment?' I'd ask for a pinball machine, because with all that rocking back and forth you'd probably be able to get a lot of free games."
—Jack Handy

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