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151. Flippers and Flash: The Art of Pinball

June 1, 2011

Before the iPad, Gameboys, Atari, and even pong was the arcade with Pinball machines. To this day I still love to drop quarters into my favorite pinball machines, if I see a Dark Knight game I must stop. I know for our parents it true for them as well. So take your kids and show them what you to play for entertainment or just for your amusement.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is presenting Flippers and Flash: The Art of Pinball, which features 12 pinball machines dating primarily from the 1990s that were selected for their design savvy, sound and light quality, and popular culture appeal. Flippers and Flash will be open April 21 through July 31, 2011.

Major Chicago manufacturers including Bally, Williams, Stern, and Capcom are represented. Backglass imagery, posters, and other visuals enhance the presentation. And it’s not all hands-off! Two additional pinball machines will be available for timed play during regular MMA hours. Novices and pinball wizards alike are invited!

Playing the silver ball has been practiced in many an arcade and amusement hall since the inception of pinball games in Chicago in the 1930s. Pinball is a highly interactive game fueled by a compelling series of rewards and punishments. It requires skill, strategy, and concentration. A cacophony of flashing lights, sound effects, moving targets, and vivid graphics fill the playfield and keep us coming back for more. Game themes are derived from movies, television, sports, comics, current events, rock star personalities, and other aspects of everyday life.

For more information visit:


The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon. Call 231-720-2570 or visit for information.

ADMISSION: $5.00 (Free on Thursdays). Free admission for MMA Members, Students (with I.D.) and ages 17 and under. Extra admission may be charged for special exhibitions and events.

HOURS: SUN noon-4:30pm, MON closed

TUES closed (June-August open 10am-6pm)

WED 10am-4:30pm, THURS 10am-8:00pm (June-August open 10am-6pm)

FRI 10am-4:30pm, SAT 10am-4:30pm


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