Back in 1995, my wife and I and another couple visited The National Coin-Op and Video Game Museum that was located at the Laclede’s Landing just a few blocks from the Arch in St. Louis.(CLICK FOR A CLOSER LOOK)
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When I walked inside I thought it was arcade heaven as they had a super selection of vintage games from the 70's and 80's. I wasn’t able to pull my money out fast enough to exchange it for some of tokens.
We were roadtripping our way to Graceland and this was our first stop. Stopping here was almost a big mistake since my pal Mike (Aparofan) and I were going to stay until our tokens ran out. Of course our poor wives didn’t realize Mike only needed one token to play forever on Ms. Pac-Man and the same with me on Tron.
The museum was nicely put together as they had info signs posted about each game along with the original game posters. The transparent Ms. Pac-Man was nice touch and I really enjoyed seeing for the first time a Computer Space machine. Needless to say our roadtrip was delayed quite a bit, but it sure was worth it! Anyway, Elvis could wait since he wasn't going anywhere.
The museum unfortunately went out of business a few years later.
I wasn’t into taking pictures of everything like I am now, but my wife snapped a couple. Luckily, Mike took a bunch more and I’ll post a few of those here and if you want, you can see the rest of ‘em on his Flickr site.
Also, I found this great article and collection of photos from the museum at the coinop.org site. You can even look at the list of games that was part of the museum.
(I'm trying to blow up the Death Star!)