If you want to have a ball – and I mean really have a ball – then you should come to Asheville and visit the Asheville Pinball Museum!
The basic concept of the pinball machine has been around for a while, now – a LONG while if you’re willing to count games like bagatelle, which appeared in the mid 1700’s. Most agree that the first real pinball machines appeared in 1871 but even if you insist on flippers as being the determining characteristic of a pinball machine, you’ve got to go back to 1947.
While pinball machines flourished during the 50’s and 60’s, it was the solid state displays and electronics of the 1970’s that really brought them into the modern era. Pinball machines were booming … and then video games like Space Invaders and Asteroids hit the arcades, followed closely by Pac-Man and the decline was on.
While pinball machines were – and still are – being manufactured, the space for them in arcades and other places of entertainment declined. And when gaming arcades themselves began to decline …
Well, now you can relive those days of the pinball machine at the Asheville Pinball Museum where, for a moderate entry fee, you can play pinball as long as you’d like!
The Asheville Pinball Museum always has 30 or more classic pinball machines to play, from the modern machines all the way back to 1947. Plus, if you really like one of the machines? They’re for sale.
That’s right – almost all the machines in the Asheville Pinball Museum are for sale. The museum’s philosophy is that, for every game they sell, that’s space for another machine and, thus, the machines available for play continually change, keeping the assortment fresh and exciting for returning fans.
A recent list of the pinball machines at the museum can be found here but it may not reflect up-to-date inventory.
Asheville Pinball Museum
1 Battle Square, Suite 1A. Asheville, NC 28801
or visit them online at ashevillepinball.com
Lodging in Asheville
There’s plenty to do in Asheville – it’s a great place to visit and we’d be honored with the opportunity to put you up while you’re here. North Lodge on Oakland is a 1904 restored stone home located on a quiet residential street. We have six comfortable and bright bedrooms to choose from with the kind of amenities you wont find just anywhere else – and did we mention breakfast? Book a room and discover a better kind of lodging.