New Hampshire Arcade Museum Needs Help Keeping the Doors Open
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If you've ever been to Funspot in Laconia, New Hampshire, not only have you visited the largest arcade in the world, but you more than likely visited the American Classic Arcade Museum. The museum is a non-profit organization that restores classic arcade games and pinball machines from the 1960s through the 1980s and offers them to the public to play for the price of a quarter, just like back in the day.
The museum houses over 250 games including well known classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Double Dragon, Paperboy, Gauntlet and Dragon's Lair but also has some rarities like Cloak & Dagger, Death Race and a game called Flower, one of only two that exist.
Check out what the museum looks like when all the games get turned on each day.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Classic Arcade Museum (ACAM) has just managed to get by after losing the funding they receive from their monthly bingo games where proceeds would be used to keep the museum operating. So now they are asking for help with a GoFundMe campaign to raise $50,000.
Gary Vincent is the curator of ACAM and explained on the GoFundMe page, specifically where money raised would go. "We have two goals with our 2021 fundraiser, with the first being to cover our operating expenses and second, to expand our educational programs and displays. To obtain both of these objectives we have set our fundraising goal at $50,000."
You won't find a larger collection of these classic video games anywhere in the world and it would be a shame to lose this piece of history and our ability to play these games in the future all under one roof.
The YouTube channel "25 Plus Life" visited Funspot and ACAM and give a great tour of what you can expect when you visit. Both Funspot and ACAM are currently open with social distancing and safety precautions in place.