WELCOME TO THE NEWEST SECTION OF ASTERISK SAN FRANCISCO—A DEPARTMENT DEDICATED TO FANTASTIC FINDS IN THE GREATER BAY AREA. HERE YOU’LL DISCOVER DAYTRIP EXPLORATIONS, THRIVING COMMUNITIES, EXCITING EVENTS, AND SPOTS YONDER OF SAN FRANCISCO.
Drive through an underwater tunnel, and you’ll be transported to a town chock-full of the charms of old Americana. Welcome to Alameda! One of our finds in this installation of Yonder SF will excite the child in everyone. In this quaint island just a bridge away from San Francisco is the largest collection of vintage pinball machines dating back to 1897 on display and several from the ’30s through the ’90s that are still operational and available for you to play with for as long as your fingers can stand it. Welcome to the Pacific Pinball Museum. At $15 for an unlimited pass, you can savor in the nostalgia of simpler video games that rivals today’s mobile-phone games. Play pinball machines depicting your favorite celebrities like Dolly Parton, movies like Tron, and TV shows like Charlie’s Angels—or, if you fancy, pinup-style pinball machines like Cover Girl and more. There are 90 playable machines in total! They’ve got woodrails, wedgeheads, and clear pinball machines—what more could one ask for? Want to throw your own friendly tournament? Rent a room at this fantastic organization that helps preserve the history and the glory of pinball playing.

The Pacific Pinball Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of one of America’s great pastimes.

1510 Webster St., Alameda, CA Weekdays: Tuesday–Thursday, 2—9 p.m. | Friday, 2 p.m.–12 midnight Weekends: Saturday, 11 a.m.—12 midnight | Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. pacificpinball.org
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