According to a famous saying, there is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat. Replace 'eating' with 'playing pinball' - and it's quite true, too!

Why Pinball Museum?

It is not that easy to catch the essence of Budapest Pinball Museum. Not because the place itself is so complicated - children also love it, we need more and more step stools..

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Budapest

Having received more than 300 reviews on leading travel site Tripadvisor we still have a 5 point rating! Thus we are ranked as the 12th out of 360 tourist attractions in Budapest. (Currently we are the only one with a 5 point rating amongst the top 50 in the list.)
Long gone are the days when an exhibition like ours were chosen by tourists only based on its advertising. Our image is being shaped by the visitors, who are quite straightforward, may this come with compliments or word of criticism. And that's a good thing. This makes us feel that this 5 point rating is an achievement to be proud of.


Flipper különterem

As of the 1st of January, some changes will come in the system of events and birthday parties at the venue room.

Hail, oh Hercules the Greatest!

We were unpacking the newest item of our exhibition called Hercules, from hundreds of pounds of wrapping, showing rightful respect to the mythological hero. The giant has left the United States weeks ago to cross the ocean and find a resting place in our collection as a treausured piece of art. The extra wrapping was well-founded since the machine is 93 inches long, 39 inches wide, and 83 inches high.
The legend was born in May 1979. The engineers of Atari conceived Hercules which then embodied in this grandiose goliath of metal, glass and circuits.

We have been selected as one of Culture Trips' Local Favourite 2015!

One of the world's leading websites for culture and travel, The Culture Trip has selected us as one of their Culture Trip Budapest Local Favorites 2015. Local Favorite is 'Culture Trip's way of recognising the very best, local organisations that they have featured on their global platform in 2015'. Budapest's top ten local favorites can be found in an article, the link of which is at the bottom of this post. (By the way, we have been selected together with iconic symbols of Budapest, such as the Parliament , the Fisherman's Bastion, Gellért Hill or the Central Market Hall.

Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Award for 2015

Budapest Pinball Museum has earned the Traveller's Choice Award for 2015 - the highest acknowledgement from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, enabling travellers to plan and book their trip. This award is to recognize the highest 1% of all attractions in different categories being present on the travel site.

The acknowledgement means that travellers from different parts of the globe have especially recommended Budapest Pinball Museum to their fellow travellers in the TripAdvisor community. (The winners are determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews.)

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to You, our visitors and supporters - both to those already posted a review on us on TripAdvisor and to those who haven't done so yet. We encourage you to continue to give feedback to us, either on spot, directly, or via TripAdvisor. This enables us to make further improvement - the work won't stop!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

We know that appearance of pinball in literature is not among the most popular readers topics, but you simply can't miss Ken Kesey's touching novel (published in 1962) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which was adapted brilliantly for the big screen (starring Jack Nicholson) by Miloš Forman in 1975.
Both are seriously recommended works of art.

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode and pinball. Yes!

Yesterday we were watching the fantastic documentary film 101 from 1989 (which is about the exciting moments of the 101st concert of Depeche Mode's 1987-88 gigantic world tour and the story, preparations behind it), when all of a sudden Martin Gore and David Gahan showed up in the company of two pinball machines.

Mesevonat (Hungarian pinball machine)


We're still searching for the designer of the only Hungarian pinball machine ever existed (in a non-digital form), called Mesevonat (Tale Train in English). This interesting and unique pinball was made from a Spanish (Juegos Populares) machine (only one piece was ever manufactured).

It was donated to Pbal Gallery by the outstanding pinball machine mechanic and restorer SOKOL, thanks a lot.

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Hungarian rock band Fáraó

We flew back a bit to the Hungarian music of the 80s, namely to the band Fáraó (Pharaoh in English). In the music video of the group's song called Elég volt (Enough in English) the young Attila Gidófalvy sings with serious vehemence that he does not care about anything, just rock & roll, and he had enough of boys who became girls.

Pinball in visual arts

Let's start with a special pinball tidbit: we're going to say some words about painter Zsolt Tibor and a few of his works related to pinball!

Umberto Eco

Italian writer and semiotician Umberto Eco turned 82 this January (on the 5th). He is the author of the acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose (which was adapted by director Jean-Jacques Annaud into a well-known excellent film starring Sean Connery).

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami turned 65 on the 12th of this January, he is the world-famous Japanese writer of Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood.

Slash (Guns N' Roses) plays pinball too

If we say the word (the name) Slash, probably the great former guitarist of the American Guns N' Roses comes to everyone's mind.