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The massive Museum of Pinball closes its doors for good

In 2015, we took you on a photo tour of the Museum of Pinball, home to one of the world’s largest collections of pinball and arcade games under one roof. Since then, the number of games has grown by hundreds; the last official count was “over 1100”.

Unfortunately, the museum closes for good (and is replaced by a cannabis cultivation). An attempt to move the museum to Palm Springs, California, failed, and the entire game collection will soon go up for auction.

Lead tech for the museum Chuck Casey released this update:

All deadlines have passed for moving, obtaining sponsorship, selling to a collector, etc.
Therefore, all the games will be auctioned in the coming months.
The official announcement is coming.
You can bid online and / or in person.
The primary auction will take place in Banning at the Museum of Pinball.
Pins and vids are only sold at auction. The collection is “locked” for the auction.

We will miss the museum and the wonderful selection of games. The auction will be one to look at.

Our original post about the museum’s opening event follows:

BANNING, California – The weekend of January 16, 2015 hosted the inaugural Arcade Expo in Southern California. The show featured more than 750 flip and arcade games, the largest in Southern California history. Unlike most arcade shows, where the games are brought by volunteers and enthusiasts to share with the public, the collection is owned primarily by a man, John Weeks, who has spent the past 40 years gathering his horde of games. Weeks also owns the 40,000-square-foot facility where the games are permanently located and hopes to make events there happen at least twice a year. The second is currently scheduled for some time in October.

Despite some minor issues typical of a first-time show, it went spectacularly, with 3,300 people all enjoying the huge game collection. There was live music, different styles of tournament play, several seminars and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “most pinball games were played simultaneously.” But most came just for the games, and we have tried to document them for you above.

Special thanks to the members of Pinside who donated their photos to make this gallery possible.

Listing image by Steve Tsubota

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