Museum of Soviet arcade machines
There are moments when you want to come back in the childhood for a short while, because there were so many interesting things that we remember cordially till now.
From our Soviet childhood they are Soyuzmultfilm’s cartoons, Olympic Bear, planetarium, Sportloto lottery, football at the yard. They are pioneer camps at the Black Sea, horn sounds, walking-tours and songs near the campfire. They are walks with parents and friends at the Parks of Culture with ice-cream, fizzy drink and candy floss, and more—Arcade Games.
Arcade Games were a part of childhood and youth of Soviet people. They were made at secret military factories from the seventies up to the Perestroika. Forgotten and broken down Soviet-era arcade games are now being restored for Moscow’s newest museum and now it is possible to play and feel atmosphere of the passed epoch.
Around 20 of 37 different kinds of machines are now in working order. They operate with old Soviet 15 kopek coins, the hammer-and-sickle emblem of which itself conjures up a bygone time. Visitors can try their luck with games like “Morskoi Boi” (Sea Battle), where the player looks through a periscope and pretends to be a submarine commander, attempting to torpedo passing ships. In “Tankodrom” (Tank Training) the player tries to knock out rocket launchers and jeeps with a small plastic tank. The museum also features Soviet pinball tables, ice-hockey games for two and four players, a target shooting game called “Sniper” and early video games with titles like “Gorodki” and “Skachki” (Horse Race).
Welcome to play, discover and enjoy!
“Baumanskaya”, Baumanskaya street, 11 (Yandex.Maps).
Our museum is open daily: Monday through Thursday from 1 till 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 1 till 8 p.m. You can arrange a children’s party here in the morning (before 1 p. m.), or an event for adults in the evening (after 8 p. m.). Please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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