Pacific Pinball Museum in the New York Times

Alameda Island, the site of a former military base, can feel like a 1950s-era small town, with its Craftsman-style homes and neighborhood bars. The addition of a pinball museum, where old-fashioned bonks are more common than electronic beeps, has only heightened that effect. Michael Schiess, a former museum exhibit builder, opened his Alameda pinball palace in 2001, attracting devoted “pinheads” and casual players alike. ANDY WRIGHT