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Art and Science of Pinball


In Partnership with the Pacific Pinball Museum

Exhibit Runs July 1- September 24, 2017

The science, engineering, design, whimsy and style covering nearly 200 years of the evolution of pinball will be featured in a new exhibition opening July 1 at Chabot Space & Science Center. Co-curated by Michael Schiess and Melissa Harmon of the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, The Art and Science of Pinball careens from simple, early "bagatelle board” precursors of the game to electronic games.

EXHIBITION FEATURES 35 MACHINES, INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS AND PROGRAMS sophisticated contemporary machines that have captivated the public in arcades and homes fusing gaming skill, chance, engineering and popular culture. Thirty-five pinball machines—many of which the public can use—will be featured, from Parlor Bagatelle and Surf Queens, early flipperless games, all the way to the Hobbit from 2016. In addition, a see-through machine, models and diagrams that de-mystify and explain how the machines work and a full complement of public activities and programs will be presented through the exhibition run, which will close September 24.

The Art & Science of Pinball Program Schedule

July

Pinball Palooza   -- July 7th, 8th and 9th
Chabot Space & Science Center will be energized with the sounds of bells, buzzers and bumpers as pinball machines old and new delight fans of all ages. Enjoy an adrenaline rush learning about science in a completely unexpected way. Join us as we celebrate our newly opened exhibition, The Art and Science of Pinball, an exhibition created in partnership with the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, CA. The Art and Science of Pinball unpacks the historical roots of pinball machines and explores the science and art behind the gravity-defying game using a selection of machines to play and interactive exhibition pieces to explore.

July 7th - $5 First Friday: The Art & Science of Pinball
6-10pm
$5
More info here: http://www.chabotspace.org/first-fridays.htm

Join us for live musical performances from kid rock bands, 3 O’Clock Rock, throughout the evening, enjoy hands on pinball activities and make your way up to the Pinball Exhibit in Astronomy Hall and try your hand at the game on one of the many pinball machines!

Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th
10am-5pm
Regular Admission
Come and enjoy fun, hands on activities on the science of Pinball! Learn how flippers work, the physics of how the ball moves across the board and the science of probability. Learn a few new tricks of the game from our in-house experts and try your hand at one of the many pinball machines in the exhibit!

Boardwalk Tilt: A Pinball Carnival (21+)
Friday, July 28, 2017
6-10pm
$20
Step right up, folks, for a night at the boardwalk, Chabot style! It's Coney Island meets the International Space Station as stilt walkers and jugglers roam the grounds, and classic carnival games pop up among the exhibits. Snack on grown-up versions of carnival treats like cotton candy and corn dogs while you enjoy live music from local bands. Grab a beer or cocktail on your way to the main event: The Art & Science of Pinball, a large-scale exhibition with over 30 machines open for free play. General Admission tickets are $20. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $50. The VIP experience includes two drink tickets and exclusive access to a VIP lounge with additional pinball machines.
This event is 21 and over.

Buy General Admission Tickets Here

Buy VIP Tickets Here

August

$5 First Friday: Design and Engineering
Friday, August 4, 2017
6-10pm
$5
More info here: http://www.chabotspace.org/first-fridays.htm

Chabot Presents: Nerd Nite East Bay, Tommy and Pinball Play (21 +)
Friday, August 25, 2017
6-10pm
$15
Find out what it’s like to visit Chabot when there are no kids. Our partner, Nerd Night East Bay will host a series of short scientific lectures while you sip on adult libations in our Megadome Theater at 7pm. At 8:30pm, grab a blanket and head over to our outdoor Amphitheater for a screening of Tommy (1975) and enjoy beer and wine from the bar and food from the Canasta Kitchen Food Truck. Throughout the evening, enjoy live music from the DJ and make your way up to the exhibit: The Art & Science of Pinball, and try out your skills on one of the 30 pinball machines in the exhibit!
Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly event held in the East Bay and in more than 90 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or zombie insects, while having a few or a few too many.

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September

Wizard Mode: A Pinball Tournament at Chabot!
Saturday, September 16th
6-10pm
$15
Get your last chance to see The Art & Science of Pinball, a large-scale exhibition with over 30 machines open for free play! Join us for an exciting pinball tournament with Bay Area pinball pros. Enjoy live music, hands on activities and great food from the Canasta Kitchen food truck!

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