David Silverman

National Pinball Museum owner David Silverman. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun File Photo / September 2, 2011)

The National Pinball Museum, which opened late last year in Georgetown but recently lost its lease, will likely be moving to Baltimore by the end of the year.

"That's our plan," said founder David Silverman. He said the museum is in the final stages of negotiating a lease for a building within a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor. "We found that Baltimore was proving just a little more receptive than Washington."

The museum opened on M Street, at the Shops at Georgetown Park, in December. In the spring, however, Silverman's landlords, who were developing plans to renovate the building, told Silverman he had to leave. Originally, the museum was given until early July, but an extension was granted to allow it to remain in Georgetown until Sept. 15. The museum's last day of operation in Georgetown will be Monday, when it will offer free admission.

Silverman said he was unable to find an affordable property in the Washington, D.C., area. A real estate broker put him in touch with owners of the Baltimore property. Silverman, who owns some 800 Pinball machines, with more than 200 on exhibit at the museum, said he hopes to have a deal signed by the end of the month.

"Hopefully, it will work out," said Silverman, adding he was about out of alternatives. "If it ain't Baltimore, it ain't anywhere right now."

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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