"He's a pinball wizard, there has to be a twist" The Who

Here's a museum we missed on our stroll through Virginia's most unusual museums last month.

Children today may have no idea what a pinball machine really is. After all, who needs to go somewhere to play a game when there's one waiting for you on your computer or smartphone.

The Roanoke Pinball Museum opened its doors in the summer of 2015 to give kids a chance to see how their parents and grandparents entertained themselves, and to give it a whirl themselves.

With over 50 machines with production dates ranging from 1932 to 2014 visitors can play at their leisure, and also to learn. The history of pinball and the science behind the game are just some of the topics covered at the museum. And parents and grandparents can wax nostalgic over Elton John Captain Fantastic and Dirty Harry models, or even the 1948, wood enclosed, electro-mechanical Genco Screwball machine.

Next time you're in Roanoke, take your kids by and show them how a real "Pinball Wizard" works those flippers.

Photo: Pixabay | https://www.roanokepinball.org