Classic Arcade Pinball Museum

Chattanooga's Classic Arcade Pinball Museum is an interactive museum dedicated to the nostalgia, history, science and fun behind the fascinating game of pinball. Patrons to the museum have the opportunity to play and/or view our 50+ exhibits - a wide variety ranging from pinball machines spanning as far back as the 1940’s to today, as well many of the classic arcades you remember from your youth.

Museum Exhibits

Experience The Classics While You Play The Exhibits.

Solid-State Era

The introduction of microprocessors brought pinball into the realm of electronic gaming as circuit board technology quickly replaced the old-fashioned relays. Solid-state electronics and digital displays were introducted into pinball machines as early as 1976, but it wasn't until the early 80's that solid-state pins became the standard.

  • The first solid-state pinball machines use simple digital displays for score display.
  • Dot-matrix displays, introduced in 1991, were more flexible - capable of showing more than mere numbers - they could display animations
  • Monitors and LED displays later added real video capablities.
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Electro-Mechanical Era

The earliest pinball machines were known as "electro-mechanical" since their scoring was done entirely using relays, wires and solenoids. Contact scoring was incorporated into the machines. Bells, indicator lights, and colorful back-glass art increased the appeal of these early machines. Pop-bumpers (a.k.a jet bumpers, mushroom bumpers, thumper bumpers) were also invented to make pinball a more lively game.

  • Possible sounds were limited to those made by bells and chimes.
  • Precisely calibrated gear-driven score reels kept track of points.
  • Physical contact switches combined with relay logic trigger components on the playfields.
  • This era was the heyday of gambling in pinball and eventually led to its ban in many cities and states.
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Classic Arcade Games

Classic Arcades are the games that many of us remember pumping quarters into as a child as we vowed to beat that high score in the likes of 80s arcade games like Frogger or Ms. Pac-Man or sought to reach the final castle in arcade games of the 90s like Super Mario Bros.

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What We're About

Preserving the memory of Pinball by sharing our love for the game

It's pretty simple really. We love all things pinball and classic arcade. In our museum, you learn about these two great American pastimes by playing and interating with them. Plus, you can read information cards about each of our exhibits to learn more.

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Museum Hours

Note: Available days and hours will expand in future weeks to come.

  • Wed - Thurs: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Sunday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Mon - Tues: Closed
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Admission Prices

Note: Our pricing model will likely change in the weeks to come.

  • Adults: $15
  • Children (12 & under): $10
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Contact Us

We love to chat or answer question you might have.

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Located Downtown

409 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

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