Welcome to our interactive permanent exhibition featuring the predecessors of pinball machines from the end of the 19th century to the most state-of-the-art pinball tables of the 21st century.
Constant fun with 130 machines on nearly 400 square meters.
It might as well be the occasion of an anniversary. It was a quarter of a century ago that legendary Data East marketed a pinball called the Time Machine. This name has got a symbolic meaning ever since. Today all pinballs have transformed into a time machine, remnants of an old age. Their natural environment, the arcade has been outdated since then, yet we can find an ever increasing number of pinballs at collectors.
The moment that dwells in our memories will never pass, never fade away: the moment as we were standing in front of the machines or waiting our turn at the arcade. Beyond the lights, colors and sounds of pinballs, a mystical children’s dreamworld is still shaping for us. A dreamworld that is still alive in us adults, even as we read this.
This dreamworld, these lights, these colors and sounds will be reawaken by our ‘time machines’, at our carefully selected exhibition. Our inner Child is inviting us for an encounter we will never forget.
It was the 70’s: that’s where my love for pinball has really started, by the way. I have encountered first with these tinkling machines at camp sites and arcades of my childhood. Pinballs have been thrilling me ever since: anytime the opportunity arises, I try new ones out. I have met many people during the last four years who share my passion for pinball. This also encouraged me to set up an ‘institute’, with pinballs playing the main role, offering however, experiences also for those interested in the history of technology and for the pinball rookie.
In April 2013 I have finally succeeded in my endeavors: I was granted license to open the museum/exhibition. Pbal Gallery opened at last to the public on April 10th, 2014.
You’re welcome to join an unforgettable time travel at the gallery!
Balázs Pálfi (owner)