Pinball machines and rock 'n' roll go together like peanut butter and jelly, Gibson Guitars and Marshall Amps or Keith and Mick. They are two things that just seem to fit.

Universal Preservation Hall, at 25 Washington Street, Saratoga, is hosting an exhibit of some of the coolest most iconic rock n roll pinball machines. The traveling exhibit from the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame is called “Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball” and runs from July 26 to Sept. 26. The exhibit includes pinball machines and rock memorabilia.

“Rock ‘n’ roll and pinball have a lot in common. Loud, colorful and rebellious, it was inevitable that the two would combine to celebrate rock’s icons,” Karen Herman, vice president of collections and curatorial affairs for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, said in a statement. She said, “A number of artists and bands have been immortalized in pinball games. It gives fans another way to experience the energy and power of rock and uniquely connect with their favorite artists."

The best part about the exhibit is these pinball machines aren't just on display, you can actually play them.

People will be let into UPH 20 guests at a time for 90-minute blocks. The pinball exhibit will have admission times at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, with 6 and 8 p.m. admissions added Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets, at $20 for adults and $10 for students.


Obviously, extra cleaning and disinfecting will be necessary and everyone will have to wear masks including visitors, staff, and volunteers. In addition, temperatures checks and tracing information gathered upon entry. Also, you'll have to wear gloves to play the pinball machines.

Here are a few of the items you'll see.

  • The “Pinball Wizard” and “Tommy” pinball machines
  • Pete Townshend's guitar he used to white "Pinball Wizard"
  • “Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle” Pinball machine.
  • Elton John's  “Captain Fantastic” pinball machine
  • Others include pinball machines featuring  Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Elvis, Metallica, KISS, and AC/DC.
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