Baltimore's shrine to the silver ball, a little more than a year after opening on Water Street, is looking for new digs. Again.
The National Pinball Museum first opened in Georgetown two years ago, but then was forced to leave their location there by real estate developers, according to a Huffington Post story in November 2011. Now, the museum is being forced to move again after failing to successfully negotiate a lease agreement with its current landlord, according to an e-mail from David Silverman, executive director and curator of the National Pinball Museum, to supporters of the museum:
“After such a successful year, everyone at the Museum was looking forward to continuing our tournaments, educational programs and interactive exhibits in our current location for the foreseeable future," Silverman wrote. "Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to negotiate favorable terms with our landlord to extend our rental agreement without creating an extreme financial strain on the Museum's limited resources.”
The attractive multi-level museum next to Power Plant Live!, boasting about a 100 beautifully restored, and playable, old and not-so-old machines — as well as historical pinball exhibits — will close its doors on March 3.
In his e-mail announcement, Silverman said he remains hopeful that the museum will soon find “a new bigger and better location — one that we can call our home for many, many years.”
Meanwhile, you’ve got two weeks to grab a roll of quarters and get some games in. (Actually, single admission to the museum costs $15 and includes two free hours of play in the Pinhead Gallery.)