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We can all safely breathe: The National Pinball Museum will stick to its current location in Georgetown until at least Sept. 5. Just days before its lease was to expire—-when it expected to be given the boot—-the non-profit received a short-term extension. Director of Operations Tiffani Huskey tells Arts Desk that all it took was an earnest letter to the property management company.
“I think it shows perseverance and commitment for a property management company to keep a community organization open as long as it can,” she says.
While the National Pinball Museum looks for a new, permanent home, patrons will still be able to stay and play for reduced rates. That hopefully means a winning tourist season for the museum, but Huskey has also seen a lot more District residents lately. “Locals were coming out in droves, which has been a really great thing because the museum, for all we know, will not be here in the state it is in now [after September],” she says.
Until then, operations will remain as normal as possible, with 200 machines remaining on exhibit in the museum’s galleries.
Photo courtesy of Bernie Kelms.