ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, and The Strong museum, home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and the World Video Game Hall of Fame, announced today a partnership that supports the opening of a brand new exhibit at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, called Pinball Playfields, debuting on February 27, 2016. The exhibit will include a cluster of popular games donated by Stern.
"This exhibit explores the history of pinball and traces the evolution of the pinball playfield," said Jeremy Saucier, assistant director for The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games. "Stern Pinball has been an influential leader in the pinball industry and community for decades. Partnering with Stern will be vital to The Strong's efforts to preserve and exhibit this important form of play."
The Pinball Playfields exhibit offers visitors the chance to experience more than 80 years of pinball history, ranging from countertop games of the 1930s to the electronic versions that remain popular today. Pinball artifacts on display include original machines from The Strong's collections such as Fireball and Hercules, some of Stern Pinball's most exciting recent games like Game of Thrones, and authentic pinball fanfare that highlight the technology, evolution, and fun of the game including an oversized pinball machine flipper that is perfect for a unique photo opportunity.
"We are honored to partner with The Strong museum and have Stern Pinball machines on display in the Pinball Playfields exhibit," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "Pinball has been a favorite global pastime for decades and this exhibit is an awesome way to show the growth of pinball over the years."
Pinball Playfields is produced by The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Stern Pinball, Inc.
Museum Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
General Admission Fees: Age 2 and older - $14; under age 2 – free. Playable machines in Pinball Playfields require purchased tokens.
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games in the world. Stern's highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture a full line of popular pinball games, merchandise and accessories. Recent Stern titles include Game of Thrones, KISS, WWE WrestleMania, The Walking Dead, Mustang, Star Trek, Metallica, The Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, and many more! All of Stern's pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern's expert team. A broad range of players enjoy Stern's games from professional pinball players that compete in high-stakes international competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
About The Strong®
The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of video games and other historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation's museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children's museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.
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