The American Classic Arcade Museum, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation registered with the State of New Hampshire, has been established to promote and preserve the history of coin-operated arcade games. The museum will cover the industry from its pre-electricity inception in the early 20th century through the Penny Arcades we all enjoyed as children and into the economic crash of the arcade industry in the late 1980’s, an era that predates the existence of so called “violent” games.
The arcade industry has a colorful and lively history that is not being preserved for future generations. Many manufacturers such as Mike Munves, Chicago Coin, Chester Pollard, Genco, Gretchen, Photar, Centuri, Taito, Nichibutsu, Midway, Irem, Gottlieb, Atari, Exidy and many more are no longer in the coin operated game business. Their history and the games they produced are fading away and need a place where that legacy can be remembered and preserved.