Backglass Project

Backglass Project

December 11, 2020

While our museum remains closed for the time being, we’re still working to show what our mission is all about and are finding ways to bring our collection to you virtually. We’ve begun the massive undertaking of photographing each machine in our collection (more than 1000 games!), capturing the artwork of many rare machines in high resolution. Our hope is these images can be a resource for pinball fans and scholars alike. Pinball can tell us a lot about our history and culture, which is why we feel it’s so important to preserve and share our collection with the public, especially when hands-on play is hard to come by. Please enjoy this small sampling of what we have in store the future!

Pointy People

Pointy People

August 21, 2020 - Present

Taking on a new aesthetic in the mid 1960's, the style referred to as Pointy People is characterized by angular, abstracted figures. A stark contrast to the older more realistic style that dominated pinball art since the 1940’s. Visit this exhibit for some examples of Pointy People.

The Art of Arthur Stenholm

The Art of Arthur Stenholm

May 25, 2017 - March 13, 2020

Beginning in 1964, Arthur "Art" Stenholm's created amazing artwork for pinball games for Williams, Gottlieb, and Bally for decades. Steinholm's art is distinct especially when it comes to his portrayal of women in pinball art as strong, empowering active participants. Visit this gallery to view some examples of his legacy.

Gambling, Amusement, or Both?

Gambling, Amusement, or Both?

March 1, 2019 to Present

This exhibit explores the history of pinball, its roots in gambling and adult-oriented entertainment, and the social forces surrounding its explosive rise in popularity.

Pinball Style

Pinball Style

July 2, 2010 - August 1, 2010

Pinball Style: Drama and Design is an exhibition with commentary on clothing styles in pinball art from the 1940’s through the 2000’s. Curator Melissa Harmon looks at dramatic and historical context with a touch of fashion police humor.

EXHIBITIONS