Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum
Pinball and arcade games you grew up with
If you grew up in the 80s Pac-Man, NBA Jam, and Mortal Kombat probably bring up happy memories of adrenaline-filled hours trying to inch closer to the high score and scrounging for quarters so you could play longer.
Good thing, you can relive that moment and take a walk down memory lane at the Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum where you can find a diverse collection of pinball machines and video arcade games from the late 70’s to the mid to late 90’s.
This place contains more than 50 games. Expect to see pinball classics like Lost World, Space Shuttle, Rescue 911 and Space Jam, and popular arcade games such as Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Vanguard, Tron, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Entering the Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum is like stepping back to the golden era of arcade games. Guests can take on classic Super Nintendo or face off against family and friends in “Mortal Kombat” on the arcade floor. This is a place where the Gen Zs can experience how the Baby Boomers and Millennials play arcade games while having a great time hanging out. Grandparents and parents can share their childhood with their kids on how arcade games used to be.
Michael Martin started the Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum in February. An arcade and pinball fan himself, the games come from his personal collection which he’s been gathering for years. When his collection got large and he’s found a large amount of interest for pinball and other classic games in the Upstate, he and his wife decided to look for a location to start the business. They chose a location close to their home, in Simpsonville.
Here’s the rest of our interview with Michael, owner of the Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum. Watch
Visit Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum website to see the list of arcade games and pinball you can play. Relive the games of your childhood the way they were meant to be played—in an arcade. There is nothing like enjoying a couple of hours of video game fun to bring back all the memories and excitement of time spent in your childhood. Share them with your kids so they also get to experience how fun playing at arcades was.
The Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum charges $12 per person for all-day access to the gaming experience. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, they have implemented a new pricing model of $10 for 1 hour of play. They are also limiting the number of people inside. They are only allowed to accommodate up to 15 people in the place. After the state of SC has lifted these restrictions, Upstate Arcade will go back to its previous pricing policy.
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