Location: 31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, USA
Report by Dan Marquardt
For some people, their vacation destination picks must include warm weather and sandy beaches. For me, a vacation getaway must have a running steam engine to see, and at least one location with pinball machines to play.
In mid-March 2014, my dad and I went to Owosso, Michigan for a ride behind the Pere Marquette 1225 steam engine.
Heading to Eastern Michigan also meant a return visit to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, a nice suburb of Detroit.
I first visited the Museum in 2001 and was really looking forward to going back. The museum is loaded from the floor to it's high ceiling with antique memorabilia.
Marvin's specialty is coin-operated amusements from the earliest days through today.
A couple of hours, at least, is needed to try all the amusements and play all the games available.
Their thirteen pinball machines range from the 1960s to the latest top titles.
The pinballs available on this trip were:
All the pins I played looked good and had no mechanical problems.
Marvin's is a must-visit location for anyone into pinball machines or coin-operated amusements who is either in the area or planning a trip there.
© Pinball News 2014