When I was a kid, my parents considered arcade games the ultimate waste of money. I would look longingly at the games at the local Pizza Hut but the answer, if I dared to ask, was always a resounding NO!!! I've been pinball deprived my whole life til now. :-(
So what a thrill to give the nice lady my ten bucks, and play to my heart's content.
Pinball machines are lined up along two walls of a small storefront. Once you get your wristband, you can play any game, as often as you like, although there are notes reminding players to be courteous if there's a line. Small placards give a brief history of older machines. The museum is in an older building but is clean and well lit, somewhat noisy from competing machines, and the few other players there when we were , were just nice folks, not some kind of arcade rats.
I have long wanted to play Stern's Lord of the Rings game (massive Tolkien fan, hence the user ID) and they had one there, which I was able to stake out while my husband circulated playing other games. I may have had an embarrassing top score of 12,000,000, but I just thoroughly enjoyed myself. Getting to play the game for a couple of hours straight was well worth $10, and my husband enjoyed himself, too. He particularly liked the AC/DC game.
Light snacks and canned drinks are available at the counter. The museum was hard for us to find for some reason. I guess the neon sign in the window was washed out due to the bright sunshine. It is immediately to the right of Gossip Tea, in a narrow space, so it's easy to overlook.
On another note, for the reviewers who have commented on panhandlers and homeless in Chinatown and that it is a "bad area", I felt exactly the reverse. Pioneer square, about six or seven blocks away is a sea of sketchy characters, but the numbers dropped off the closer we got to Chinatown, and disappeared once we got in it (Chinatown itself appears to consist of a bazillion little restaurants, some Chinese gates, and some nift dragons atop phone poles. Otherwise, it looks like the rest of Seattle we've seen. )
If you're looking for a fun, different thing to do, the Seattle Pinball Museum is a blast.
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