Silverball Museum Arcade
The Silverball Museum Arcade, opened in 2010, is where people of all ages can play historical pinball games dating from the 1930s - 1990s, and learn about their evolution along the way.
Backstory and Context
Asbury Park, New Jersey has at times in its history been a desirable seaside resort town, and at other times experienced great economic distress and strife. It is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. One unique place visitors won't want to miss when visiting is the Silverball Museum Arcade, opened in 2010.
Why is the Silverball Museum Arcade worth a trip? It is an entertaining place where people can play pinball machines that date from the 1930s - the 1990s. As in your "usual" museum, there are signs where visitors can learn everything about a particular machine. However, these pinball machines can not only be touched but also played by visitors of all ages! While having fun, people can learn the history of the games they are playing.
The Silverball Museum Arcade began with Rob Ilvento having an idea. Inspired by his daughter, , he opened a location on the Asbury Park boardwalk with buisness partner, Steve Zuckerman. Consequently, Silverball became popular very quickly for a couple of reasons. First, people travel back in time with one difference, no quarters. Just like a bowling alley or a batting cage, visitors can pay a fee to play for a certain amount of time. It is ten dollars to play for a half hour and twelve dollars and fifty cents to play for one hour. Furthermore, visitors can pay a monthly fee for a membership.
Examples of pinball machines from the 1950s include Knockout, Hayburners, and Rocket. Some of the newer historic games consist of Indiana Jones and Star Trek: The Next Generation, both from 1993. In addition, Silverball is now putting some even more recent pinball machines on display such as The Wizard of Oz from 2013, The Hobbit from 2016, and Pirates of the Caribbean from 2018. They might be new, but they represent the latest iteration in pinball history.
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