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    Come visit a time machine capable of briefly returning visitors to a very specific time and place in their past...the 80s video arcade!

    For the most recent pictures and information,
    CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook Page!!!

    Due to the ease of quickly sharing news and updates with our loyal patrons, we tend to use Facebook for all the latest and greatest information.

    107 S. Hamilton St, McLean, IL 61754

    SPECIAL SUMMER HOURS:
    Monday through Friday: 10am to 9pm
    Saturday: 9am to 9pm
    Sunday: noon to 9pm
    Other times: happily open anytime by appointment. Call John at 309-287-1725.

    Pinball Paradise is now OPEM!

    Because of the popularity of the row of pinball machines in Arcadia, we decided in 2016 to open a second museum dedicated to PINBALL! We spent most of 2016 purchasing, repairing, and renovating the old bank building across from Arcadia. In December 2016, the building was ready and we began stocking it with pinballs. We opened the doors to the public for the first time just before Christmas.

    Pinball Paradise is now open ANY time that Arcadia is open. We currently have 20+ machines ready inside, but will eventually house about 40 machines upstairs and 25 downstairs. Here is a list of the current titles:

    • Star Race
    • Whitewater
    • Road Show
    • Soccer (1963 Wms)
    • Mystery Castle
    • Whirlwind
    • Top Card
    • The Machine (Bride of Pinbot)
    • Rocky & Bullwinkle
    • FAS Professional Foosball
    • Voltan
    • The Shadow
    • Harlem Globetrotters
    • Cybernaut
    • Frankenstein
    • Big Hit
    • Super Mario Bros
    • Magic Town
    • No Fear
    • Baseball
    • Raven
    • Demolition Man
    • Video Pinball (video)
    • Mini multigame (video)
    • Track & Field (video)
    • Tron (video)
    • Ms Pac Man (video)
    • Battlezone (video)
    • Assault Plus (video)

    Visit Hotel Arcadia!

    For those who come a long distance to visit Arcadia, or for those who are looking for a short, fun, family getaway...we built Hotel Arcadia. Hotel Arcadia is our arcade-themed BnB that sleeps up to 6. It is located in the same building as Arcadia, at the other end of the building.

    The amenities include 4 multi-game style arcade games (all on free play, and that contain over 800 arcade games you can play), a nice Addams Family pinball loaded with free credits (25 cents per play after used up), a 70 inch HD internet-linked TV, a kitchenette loaded with free drinks, popcorn, and coffee, and a spiral staircase leading to a small kids' loft with its own hide-a-bed couch and a 55 inch HD TV. You can see pictures and details, as well as look into booking at the Airbnb link below:

    Click Here to see on Airbnb

    Plans for 2017...

    In case you're interested, here are our current plans for the continued expansion of Arcadia:
    • Finish filling Pinball Paradise upstairs with working pinball machines
    • Continue / complete renovation of space next to Arcadia for party room / expansion
    • Continue / complete renovation of basement of Pinball Paradise for "spooky arcade"
    • Expand Hotel Arcadia to 4 rooms, larger free-play game room, 14 foot gaming/movie screen
    That should keep us pretty busy...LOL!

    Update on the Route 66 Arcade Museum

    Those of you who closely follow us, know about our other arcade location in Atlanta, IL, called the Route 66 Arcade Museum. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding this location. In fact I have been confused about it myself. I will share here what I know, and the current status of this venture.

    The Route 66 Arcade Museum in its current form is a Route 66 tourist attraction. It is only open during the tourist season - April through September. During this season, the museum should be open Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. This museum is opened and closed by a third party, and I cannot guarantee that it will always be open during those hours. I can also not guarantee that you can't visit at other times.

    What I tell people is that if they are in the area and want to see the place, just drive by and see if the building is open. If it is open, you are free to go in and check out the games. You can plug them in and play them if you want. Just put everything back the way it was when you're done.

    Our focus is currently on expanding and improving our McLean locations, so at the moment the Atlanta location is not receiving a lot of attention. Although, that said, I have added quite a few machines to it in 2016. And I will be adding more throughout 2017. I mean, why not?

    The museum is at the corner of Arch and Race streets in Atlanta.

    Relive your Past!

    America's Playable Arcade Museum is more than just an arcade. It is more than just a museum. This project was conceived and built with the vision of transporting visitors back into their past to experience the euphoria that once resulted from walking into a fully-stocked arcade back in the 1980's.

    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 (ticket) games, and coin-op versions of the latest playstation games.

    Remember when Games were Fun?

    In the early 80s, game designers had to create games that were actually FUN to play. There was no tricking gamers with cool cut-scenes, or just wowing them with 3-D graphics and awesome sound. If the game itself wasn't fun, it bombed.

    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.

    Make a Donation

    Given the current state of the amusement industry and the economy in general, survival of this museum is not a certainty. If you are unable to visit and help us survive through the insertion of your quarters into our games, but still have a passion for classic games and want to see us survive - please consider sending us a donation.

    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: donations@vintagevideogames.com

    OR

    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 encouraging.

    Where is the Museum?

    The museum is located at 107 Hamilton Street in downtown McLean, IL. We are on historic Route 66 and just off Interstate 55 at exit 145. We are exactly halfway between Chicago and St. Louis.

    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!

    Admission:

    Currently NO admission charged. We do have a donation box onsite, so those interested in helping us survive can do so.

    Games are for the most part priced the same as they were when originally released. So classic videos and pinballs (about 60% of the machines) are still only 25 cents per play, and newer games and pinballs are 50 cents or 3/$1.

    How can I help?

    There are many ways you can help this museum be a success.
    1. Visit the museum often
    2. Like us on Facebook, and share our page with your friends
    3. Give us a good review on Google, Facebook, Tripadvisor, Yelp, or other sites
    4. Tell your friends (and acquaintances for that matter)
    5. Throw a party at the museum - Click here for details.
    6. Make a Donation - see above.
    7. Sell or donate your arcade stuff to us - Click here for details.
    8. Add a link to our site on your website or blog.
    9. Write an entry on your blog about a visit to our museum (or a plan / desire to visit our museum).
    10. Make a video walkthrough of Arcadia and post it on YouTube

    here is a link to a youtube video walkthough I made in November of 2013.

    Now in our EIGHTH year and going strong!

    Thanks for all the support you've given us for the last seven years. We really appreciate every single person who comes out and plays in our museum. Every quarter helps keep the power bill paid.

    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 look forward to seeing you at America's Playable Arcade Museum! Thanks for checking out our website!


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