Just before this year’s Texas Pinball Festival, we had the opportunity to visit the new Texas Pinball Museum which opened its doors in the city of Midlothian eight weeks earlier.
We were shown around by Kim and Ed Vanderveen who own and run the Muesum.
Ed and Kim Vanderveen
The Museum is located out-of-town on a light-industrial park in the unit nearest the road.
On entering the Museum, you come to the lobby where there is seating and the entry desk.
How to enjoy the Museum
Batman keeps watch over the Museum
Entry to the collection costs $10 for adults or $7 for kids under twelve-years-old. At present the Museum is only open on Saturdays, but Ed and Kim hope to expand that soon to include Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons too.
Museum opening times and entry costs
Once into the Museum there are twenty-six pinball machines and a few other amusement games to play. The pinballs range from the oldest – a 1974 Dolphin by Chicago Coin – to the newest – a 2018 Deadpool from Stern.
Games in the Museum’s collection
The games are arranged along the side and back walls, with a back-to-back row in the centre of the room.
A row of older machines, all in great condition with some lovely restorations too
Machines at the end of the row
The back row of pinballs
The front row of machines
Here are the twenty-six pinballs available to play.
Harley Davidson (Bally) Indiana Jones (Williams) Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern) The Avengers (Stern) Deadpool (Stern) Terminator 2 (Williams) The Addams Family (Bally) Dr. Dude (Bally) Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally) NASCAR (Stern) Capt. Fantastic (Bally) Diner (Williams) The Amazing Spider-Man (Gottlieb) Black Rose (Bally) Space Mission (Williams) Sharpshooter (Game Plan) Cherry Bell (Sonic) Dolphin (Chicago Coin) Hi-Deal (Bally) Galaxy (Stern) Sorcerer (Williams) Doctor Who (Bally) The Incredible Hulk (Gottlieb) Judge Dredd (Bally) The Lord of the Rings (Stern) Deadpool (Stern)
Deadpool is currently the newest game in the collection
The rear of the front row
Our visit was right before the Texas Pinball Festival, so a couple of the backglasses (Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings) had been removed so they could be signed