National Pinball Museum in Washington to close

May 24, 2011 - 5:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Pinball Museum in Washington is being forced to close after just five months.

David Silverman, who put up $300,000 of his own money to help open the museum, tells The Washington Post he recently received a letter informing him he'll have to leave his third-floor space in Georgetown in mid-July.

The museum features 200 pinball machines, some of which visitors can play, as well as displays detailing the art and history of the game.

Silverman says he's being asked to leave to make way for mall renovations. Officials at Vornado Realty Trust declined to comment to the newspaper about the lease agreement.

Silverman says he remains committed to keeping the museum alive.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com