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Apr 262009

Pinball !

A friend and I had dinner in the little Hudson River town of Beacon NY last night, after a day hike on nearby South Beacon Mountain.  As luck would have it, Beacon is home to the Retro Arcade Museum. Despite the enticing name, we almost didn’t bother checking it out since it was fairly late, and from a distance the museum appeared to have closed down for the evening. What a mistake that would have been!  Inside was the finest collection of classic arcade games, pinball machines, console and handheld games I have ever seen (not that I’ve seen a lot of these, but it was still *very* impressive). The owner, Fred, gave us the grand tour, which includes a hilarious party room in the back dubbed “grandma’s kitchen”, outfitted with yellow formica everything, just like your nana’s — perfect for hosting hipster birthday parties. We didn’t have time to play the games but for ten bucks you can enter the matrix and play anything you want for a full hour. And these are not a bunch of PacMan machines you could find on eBay. Fred has obviously done a lot of homework, and legwork, and acquired a number of very fine examples of early games, including many electro-mechanical ones and first-of-their kinds. It is truly a museum. Of awesome.

Beacon is a 75 minute train ride from Grand Central, and the museum is a one mile walk from the train station. Aside from the museum, Beacon has a number of other cute shoppes and restaurants so this would make an excellent day trip for the whole family. I shall be back.

  6 Responses to “Retro Museum of Awesome”

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  1. That’d make an awesome field trip.

  2. VERY worth a trip to beacon. forget DIA as the destination point of the town. I spent 1.5 hrs there and look forward to another trip back. the owner Fred is very nice and knowledgeable. not at all what you would expect. this museum bridges the gap from the turn-of-the century arcade games and pong. the 50’s racing game will kick your butt!

  3. field trips should always be fun, and this one belongs to the list… 😀

  4. field trips should always be fun, and this one belongs to the list… 😀

  5. and this was shut down by the city of Beacon – great.

  6. If the mayor says he wants the business it’s simple, let the business keep going. Maybe in worst case that they close at 8pm instead of 9pm or something

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