Museum of Art & Digital Entertainment


If you love video games, the MADE is the heaven you go to when you die and are all out of extra lives. It's a museum of sorts, but more a sort of time-travel arcade filled with video game consoles ranging from Playstation 4s to Neo Geos to Atari 2600s. There are 5300 playable games inside, and you can lose a day playing them all in happy, pew-pew-pew, bleeping bliss. Only open on weekends.

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