Pinball Hall of Fame Opens on Las Vegas Strip

Rejoice, pinball fans. The beloved Pinball Hall of Fame has opened its new location on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Pinball Hall of Fame operated for years on Tropicana, but now the Vegas fixture has new digs, much more space and many, many more games.

The new Pinball Hall of Fame is near the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, just south of Mandalay Bay. If you’re not into winging it, the address is 4925 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119.

You sort of can’t miss it.

Pinball Hall of Fame Strip
Las Vegas isn’t a nuance kind of town.

The new Pinball Hall of Fame is officially in “soft opening” mode, but nobody’s being turned away.

The official Grand Opening is slated for July 1, 2021.

At the moment, the hours of operation of the Pinball Hall of Fame are 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Here’s a look inside the new Pinball Hall of Fame.

We’ve been chatting with the Pinball Hall of Fame’s owner, Tim Arnold, throughout the process of building and opening the new location. Take a listen to our most recent interview.

The new Pinball Hall of Fame cost in the neighborhood of $10 million.

Now, everyone can be a baller in Vegas.

The previous location had about 250 machines. The new location, boasting 27,000-square-feet of space, will have about 700. Yes, they’re all playable.

Here’s our favorite pinball machine so far. Because, well Vegas.

There’s no fee for admission to the Pinball Hall of Fame, and about half of the machines cost a quarter. Try and think of another value like that in Las Vegas, we’ll wait.

Many of the machines being moved into the new Pinball Hall of Fame on Las Vegas Blvd. have been in storage for three decades due to space limitations in the previous venue.

It’s worth noting the Pinball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit, and all the folks who work there are volunteers. The organization has a history of donating to local charities.

Pinball Hall of Fame Las Vegas Strip
So many gobble holes, so little time.

You know we got some exclusive scoop about the new place from owner Tim Arnold!

It seems the narrow plot of land had some challenges, so one of the options considered was to build the entire venue underground. Above ground would’ve been just a parking lot and a garbage truck. The garbage truck would have been a “secret” entrance to the Pinball Hall of Fame. This plan was tossed somewhere along the way, and no, we are not making this up.

New Pinball Museum location
We liked our version of the sign better, but whatever.

Another nugget: The Pinball Hall of Fame building doesn’t need to be as tall as it is. Down the road, there are plans to build out a second level, a mezzanine, for still more pinball machines.

If the venue looks a little stark in photos, it’s because the walls were left blank intentionally. There will soon be images on the walls courtesy of a gaggle of projectors.

Yes, a group of projectors are called a “gaggle.” It’s on the Internet, so it has to be true.

Pinball Las Vegas Strip
Here’s the complete list of the classic pinball machines at the new Pinball Hall of Fame: All of them.

We are just so happy for our friends at the Pinball Hall of Fame.

The new location, and massive “Pinball” sign, are sure to raise the visibility of this Las Vegas gem.

We can’t wait until the July 1 Grand Opening, and if masks are no longer a thing, the Pinball Hall of Fame is promising an “unmask-arade ball.”

Emphasis on “ball.”

Let us know what you think of the new Pinball Hall of Fame, and tell them we sent you. They’ll probably let you in, anyway.