TARPON SPRINGS, Fla.—Replay Amusement Museum is an interactive experience that not only lets you touch the art, but highly encourages you to.
Replay opened in 2014 and displays more than 130 playable pinball machines and arcade games. Located in historic Downtown Tarpon Springs, the museum is home to the world’s largest pinball machine—Hercules, made in 1979 by Atari. (To give you an idea of the scale of the machine, a cue ball is used in place of a traditional pinball.)
At first glance, the museum looks like an old arcade, but there is a lot to learn while playing the different pinball machines.
“At the same time that we are just a giant arcade, we try to blur that line and make it so you can learn something by coming through here, and spend the time on each game, or whatever you’re into, and learn more about that particular game. Whether it’s something you used to play a bunch in the past, or a new game that you step up to today for the first time,” said manager and game technician Stephen Jones.
Each pinball machine has a card located above it with information, such as the year it was created, who the artist and designer were and how many of those games were made. Visitors can also talk to the staff if they want more information on any of the machines. Replay showcases games from as far back as 1968 all the way up to the present day.
“Replay is a place that you can kind of walk through and have that blast of nostalgia, as well as getting some new experiences and play games that you’ve never played before,” said Jones.
The museum costs $14 for adults, $8 for kids and is free for children 6 and under. Once you pay, you get unlimited game play for the whole day; there is no re-entry fee. And leave your quarters at home—these machines are push to start.
Replay is open seven days a week during the summer. To learn more about the museum and what games it offers, click here.