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National Pinball Museum Now Open

A new day-trip destination for Crofton residents opened in January… the National Pinball Museum, which relocated to Baltimore from its previous site in the D.C. area.

The pinball museum houses more than 100 pinball machines, including 19th century pinball precursors, vintage woodrail games and other favorites.

“Pinball is more than just a game,” according to the Visit Baltimore website, ”it’s a scrapbook of American tradition and folklore, a looking glass of culture, a pleasure-filled journey winding its way through a marriage of art and technology.”  For most of us, playing pinball recalls fond memories of rainy days during beach vacations with the family or hours of fun spent with friends at the local hangout, after school.

The 12,000 sq. ft. National Pinball Museum includes exhibit spaces, classrooms and workshops, a state-of-the-art restoration lab, library, and a gift shop, in addition to the machines that are available for “pay to play.”  Nearby, you can dine at the World Famous Baltimore Inner Harbor or Power Point Live, “Baltimore’s premier dining and entertainment desination.”

Winter hours are limited to weekends, 12–8 on Friday and Sunday, and 10–8 on Saturday. Tickets range from $12–$25, and memberships offer an ever better deal, from $50–$80 for unlimited all-day access.

Opportunities are available for flexible, dependable and interested adults who would enjoy volunteering as technicians, docents, instructors, researchers, and support staff. Volunteers will receive discounts on admission, workshops and merchandise, and one free game in the Pay-to-Play area for every hour of volunteer servce at the Museum.

The National Pinball Museum is located at 608 Water Street in Baltimore, MD 21202. According to Google Maps, this is just 24.5 miles and 38 minutes from Crofton, Maryland.

Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Margaret Woda

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