The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

There is plenty of amazing museums in Moscow including the State Tretyakov Gallery, Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, and, of course, the Kremlin. But one you might not have heard of is the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. The museum contains 328 machines, making it “the largest collection of functioning Soviet arcade games in the world” according to its website.

[…] arcade machines are a big symbol of the Soviet Era. From the mid-1970s to the 1990s, arcade machines were a primary source of entertainment for the Soviet population. Along with special gaming halls, machines could be found in parks, cinemas, hotels and in young pioneer camps — places for children’s vacations during the summer and winter holidays, a widespread phenomenon in socialist countries.

By playing arcade machines we do not only entertain ourselves but also look into the past. We can learn how the machines were produced, get a better idea about Soviet industrial design, technology and engineering achievements.

There’s also a location in Saint Petersburg but you can book tickets for either one on the website.

Soviet related: Communist Czechoslovakian games

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