Come visit a time machine capable of briefly returning visitors to a very specific time
and place in their past...the 80s video arcade!
Visit our Facebook Page!!! And please Like it if you do!
We also have a Yelp page now!
Also, now on TripAdvisor...
here is a link to a youtube
video walkthough I made in November of 2013.
We appreciate any / all donations we receive. Several of you have given us small
financial contributions, and several others have given us a game or two in need
of love. We are always here to give love to your unloved arcade machines. We
are not officially a "non-profit", but I assure you that we are non-profit in
the literal sense of the word...LOL.
We have exciting news! As our collection of games has continued to grow, we have opened a second arcade museum!
This second museum is just 5 miles down the road from Arcadia in downtown Atlanta, IL, right on historic Route 66. For
that reason, we have named the second museum "The Route 66 Arcade Museum". The museum is at the corner of Arch and Race streets in Atlanta. The Route 66 Arcade Museum is a
Route 66 Tourist destination, and therefore follows the Route 66 tourist season. We have just opened it for the 2016
It is supposed to be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00 pm. There may be times when it is not open
during these hours, and this is out of my control. However, 95% of the time is will be open during these hours.
We have added quite a few games this year (2016). And we will be taking over the entire downstairs of this building
in July. After that time, we will be adding games over time until it is crammed full...LOL.
Work on phase 2 of Arcadia was suspended while we focused on opening the Route 66 Arcade Museum and the soon coming
Pinball Paradise pinball museum. However, we do still
plan to move forward with phase 2, which will almost double the space and add a party room, in which we can
host parties and other events. Hoping to be ready to open phase 2 sometime in 2016.
Let's face it, arcades aren't what they used to be. If you can even find one
these days, they are filled with pointless simulators, redemption games, and
coin-op versions of the latest playstation games.
At America's Playable Arcade Museum we have assembled many of the FUNNEST games
of the 1980s (and beyond), restored them to their original glory, and put them in
a cool arcade building to be experienced as originally intended.
While we will have rotating exhibits featuring oddball, prototype, and super-
rare game titles, our primary focus is on the classics that everyone remembers
and likes to play.
We are not (yet) an official non-profit organization so you cannot receive a
tax deduction for your contributions. But I assure you we are a non-profit
organization in every other way...if you know what I mean.
For the record, I intend to keep this museum open as long as I am physically
and financially able, and as long as I am living in central IL. At the moment
that appears to be for a long time, but could change at any time. My life (as
well as the museum's life) is completely in God's hands.
Please send your donation either via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail donations to:
America's Playable Arcade Museum
PO Box 49
McLean, IL 61754
We have already received several donations and I can honestly tell you that every
donation, no matter how small (or large) is appreciated. The support of the
videogame collecting and preservation community has been strong and very
There is plenty of free parking for the museum. Snacks and drinks are available
in vending machines just outside the museum. Dining is available at McDonalds,
Subway, and the Dixie Truck Stop Restaurant - all just a few blocks away. There is
also a much better restaurant called the Palms Grille Cafe just 5 miles south of us in downtown Atlanta IL - JUST NEXT TO OUR OTHER MUSEUM! THE ROUTE 66 ARCADE MUSEUM!
Games are mostly set to 25 cents per play, but pinballs are 50 cents or 3/$1 and some of the deluxe games are 50 cents...just like in 1983!
We look forward to seeing you at America's Playable Arcade Museum! Thanks for
checking out our website!