North Carolina City Has One Of The Best Pinball Museums In America
Often pinball games are thought of as being “retro.” However, these machines are not only a present-day collectors item, they are also still wildly popular. Perceptive Travel (who notes new machines are still frequently being found) recently published a list of the best pinball museums in the country, and a North Carolina location was named.
The first proper pinball machine (coin-operated) dates back to the 1930’s. “Because it was a game of chance, pinball was considered a form of gambling and was outlawed in the 1940s,” Pastime Pinball explains. In fact, there was recently a film about this, called Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game.
By the 1980’s, there were over 200,000 pinball machines, and interest in the game was peaking. Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s it was common to see a pinball machine in every arcade you frequented. Furthermore, pubs and restaurants also would have a game in-house for patrons to play during their wait or simply marvel at, even as video games (which were more modern and took up less space) were becoming more popular.
Video game publication Destructiod, recently highlighted the most iconic pinball games in the country. “Pinball has a visual style all of its own, a tangible reality that most interactive entertainment fails to capture,” they say. According to their list, the machines of the early ’90s that properly blended with cultural phenomenon are those considered most legendary today. They include “The Addams Family,” “Twilight Zone,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
In North Carolina, the pinball museum that was named one of the best in the country, there are 35 different machines you can play.
Asheville Pinball Museum
Located at 1 Battle Square, Asheville Pinball Museum allows you to play all 35 pinball games plus 35 classic video games for an unlimited amount for $15. They are open six afternoons and evenings per week. Often this this fan-favorite spot experiences waitlists to get in or lines that start prior to opening.
In regards to which classic games you can find at Asheville Pinball, it’s a great mix of iconic machines with unique games you may not be familiar with. For example, there’s a “Game of Thrones” pinball game, “The Cyclone” and more.