Gatlinburg Pinball Museum: The History Of A Museum Meets The Fun Of An Arcade

A new attraction has hit the Smoky Mountains, and this one lets you learn in a hands-on way. Enjoy a game of pinball while learning about the history of the machines. The Gatlinburg Pinball Museum is located at just off the Parkway, making it an easy stop to make on your trip to the Smoky Mountains.

History of Pinball

Pinball got its start in 1871, when Montague Redgrave transformed an even older game, Bagatelle, into the first pinball machine. Over the years, the machine has evolved to add things like coin slots and the "flipper" that hits the ball and causes it to move. A variety of vintage machines exist and showcase the evolution of pinball. Many of these machines can be seen and played at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum.

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Gatlinburg Pinball Museum

The Gatlinburg Pinball Museum opened at the end of 2018 and boasts a collection of over 50 limited edition pinball machines. Some of the machines are particularly rare, such as the "Ready Aim Fire" game produced in 1983. In total, there were only 390 created. Visitors to the museum have the opportunity to play all of the machines and get hands-on with the history.

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The best kind of museum is one where you can play with the exhibits. Our goal is to give our guests a fun, informative experience by sharing our love and passion for pinball.
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The Machines

Visitors to the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum will experience a unique and informative pinball experience. Play on machines including Medieval Madness, Attack From Mars, Lord of the Rings, Dialed In, The Addams Family Gold Edition, The Walking Dead, Gottlieb Sky-Line (1965 Classic) and more. Some machines date back to the 1960s, while others are more modern.

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Admission & Pricing

When visiting, you will want to spend plenty of time admiring the games and mastering your own skills. Admission to the museum lasts all day long and works for the entire pinball collection. The admission cost for adults is $15, and for children ages 10 and under, the price is reduced to $12. You won't be short on time, and you will leave with a better appreciation for the machines and the game.

On your next trip to the Smoky Mountains, be sure to plan a stop at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum. The area boasts a variety of learning opportunities, and this attraction is a hands-on experience you will not want to miss.