Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Pacific Pinball Museum

  • Alameda, CA
  • http://pacificpinball.org

Mission Statement

To inspire an interest in science, art and history through pinball and to preserve and promote this important part of American culture.

Main Programs

  1. Pacific Pinball Gallery
  2. Ausgeflippt
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Alameda, CA we serve the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and L.A.  Because of our world famous collection, we also get visitors from all over with some coming as far as Australia and Japan. Our exhibits have traveled up and down the west coast and our portable pinball museum takes us to many schools in the area bring the art, science and history to many places not able to make the trip to our museum.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Michael Schiess

Curator since 2013

Self-reported

Melissa Harmon

Keywords

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S.F Bay , Silicon Valley, CA

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EIN

20-2467607

 Number

0154859594

Physical Address

1510 Webster Street

Alameda, CA 94501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Art Museums (A51)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Created a self sustaining Museum to educate and entertain visitors on the significance of Pinball in American Culture. Remain open 6 days a week. Set up and maintain a significant pinball collection for hands on interactive use. Promote and install Art Shows relating to our primary interest. Promote science, math, technology and the education thereof. Display and educate the public on the History and impact of Pinball in American Culture. Produce and promote public displays on Pinball (SFOAM Bagatelle to Twilight Zone) and  produce the largest show in the world highlighting all things pinball (4th Annual Pacific Pinball Exposition).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Pacific Pinball Gallery

Rotating art shows in our large gallery/event room. In house presentations are developed by museum staff and volunteers. Shows open on the 2nd Friday of each month running 1, 2 and up to 3 months each.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 2

Ausgeflippt

"Ausgeflippt" was a show produced for shipment to Europe. Containing 15 PPM Exhibits, 10 backglass murals and 25 pinball machines, it opened in May 2015 and ran into September. The Host museum was the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany and was part of their 10th year anniversary celebration.

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$40,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Alameda, CA we serve the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and L.A.  Because of our world famous collection, we also get visitors from all over with some coming as far as Australia and Japan. Our exhibits have traveled up and down the west coast and our portable pinball museum takes us to many schools in the area bring the art, science and history to many places not able to make the trip to our museum.

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Pacific Pinball Museum
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Michael Schiess

Curator

Melissa Harmon

BIO

Michael Schiess is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pacific Pinball Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area. A transplant from New Mexico, Schiess is an engineer/artist who has created films, recordings, and works in other media, notably kinetic pinball sculptures which includes the Visible Pinball series. He designs and builds science exhibits using pinball parts and uses them to teach science and physics. He freelances for the Exploratorium as a museum exhibit technician and lives in Alameda, California, with his wife, Melissa, who is a curator at the PPM.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I must say, I love my job! Having worked for the Exploratorium and being sent to museums all over the world, getting to set up and run my own museum is a dream come true! We offer something that no other facility does, the chance to learn about History, Science, Art, Society and have fun while doing it. I am so excited that we have gotten to this point and we keep on expanding as the word spreads.
Last year we shipped an exhibition to Europe, very interesting and a challenge for our small organization. It was very well received and we now have our first successful show under our belt.
We are going to ramp up our capital campaign this year to raise money for a permanent building to house the collection. We have the help of the community to restore the Carnegie Library in Alameda and if we can get their financial support too we will have a beautiful, historic building that will be the first real pinball museum. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Larry Zartarian

Rand & Associates

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