Arcades, Museums & Gamerooms

Videos of vintage slot machines in action.
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Weesper Automaten Kabinet Museum (just outside Amsterdam). Sadly appears to be closed now.



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The first film is a joy to watch, thanks for posting Mr.PM.
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Some great machines, beautifully displayed. Thanks PM for sharing.
What a shame it has closed.
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totaly agree 13Rebel and BF ...
that first video just floods warmth and happiness ... i could get on a flight tomorrow to visit that ( well in a different world )

PM when you say closed you mean Closed Closed !OMFG! or closed for covid reasons

would have loved to visit ... but still need to visit Mr Merrivale as well ... so much to do and im getting old ... :D

again thanks for the videos ... amazing

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Yes, a nicely made video of a charming little museum.
dickywink wrote: Sat Aug 07, 2021 5:11 pm PM when you say closed you mean Closed Closed !OMFG! or closed for covid reasons
It's difficult to tell. Perhaps one of our Dutch friends can give us the inside story.

A google search brings up a 'Permanently Closed' notice:
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According to the proprietor, Jelle Zijlmans (Weesper Nieuws, October 2014), although the museum attracted 10,000 visitors a year, he closed it after two years of harassment from the local authorities, and "the collection of hundreds of slot machines is sold".

But it's evident from Trip Advisor that after 2014 (and as late as October 2019) it was still open by appointment only and for booked parties. The museum website homepage contains only dead links and this message:
The Weesper Automata Cabinet is an excellent location for your: Party, Anniversary, Birthday, Meeting. The space is very suitable for groups up to about 50 people and open by appointment. For more information, please contact Jelle Zijlmans

No phone number or contact details are given, although Google has it as: Middenstraat 37, 1381 XA Weesp, Netherlands. Phone: +31 294 416 814
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I thought the museum was closed permanent. At the moment am on a holiday but did send a request for visiting the museum. If I get an answer I will let you know.
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Well I already got an answer and the museum is closed for good after the Covid disaster. Very sad I never visited the museum and sad some history has gone.
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The constant story of short lived slot museums/arcades reminds me of my years in the pub game.

Both are activities that attract enthusiasts keen to turn their hobby/interest into a living. Sadly their lack of understanding let alone skills in budgeting, fixed overheads, variables, marketing, customer care - dealing with people etc are sadly lacking.
It's not enough to have a super collection of machines or, in pubs, being able to throw a mean dart with one arm round the barmaid while supping a cheeky half.

All too often, after a season of fun, follows a year of misery and resentment as it occurs to you you're putting in countless hours merely to give money to local councils/insurance companies/utilities/landlords and not yourself. Then to top it all you lose your hobby when decisions about the future are made for you.

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I believe the museum at Weesper was open for almost 20 years (from 2001).

Virtual tour: https://www.360cities.net/image/weesper ... -kabinet-1
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