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Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball

by Guest Writer

Pinball exhibit

Calling all pinball wizards and Rock ‘n Roll fans! Joseph Brant Museum is currently home to a special exhibition called Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball, curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It’s a hands-on display featuring vintage pinball machines that visitors can play! The machines represent the genre’s original energy and excitement, loud and flashy. Pinball machines can adapt to every skill level, so it’s fun, whether you’re a high scorer or not.

Pinball exhibit at JBM

You’ll find pinball machines featuring The Who, The Beatles, KISS, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and others. The exhibition is included with regular Museum admission, $10/adult, $8/senior and student, $6/child, 2 and under are free.

KISS Pinball machine

The exhibition also features items associated with some of the acts featured on the games, the centerpiece of which is a drum set used by Peter Criss of KISS. There’s also the electric chair prop used on stage by Alice Cooper, a Dolly Parton dress that inspired the depiction on the back glass of her pinball machine, and a display featuring smaller Beatles and Elvis Presley collectibles.

Dolly Parton pinball machine and dress

Our first Balls & Beer event was so well received, we’re doing it again before this special exhibition from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame leaves Burlington!  Enjoy craft beer and test your pinball skills at the Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball exhibition. Join us on Friday, January 10, from 7 pm to 10 pm for a special night out at Joseph Brant Museum. This event is licensed, so you must be 19 years + to attend. Your ticket includes Museum admission, unlimited pinball play on vintage machines, 2 beer tickets, party snacks, a souvenir beer glass and there will be door prizes!  See website for more details and how to register.

Visit the gift shop for some retro rock inspired merchandise for your rock and roll fans! The exhibition is for a limited time, until January 12, so see it before it’s gone.

gift shop rock and roll themed items

Rock ‘n Roll inspired gift items

 For more information on the Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball, visit

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