In April, Elizabeth Hughs, left, celebrated her 17th birthday with her friend Hanna Hensley at the National Pinball Museum. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

Arantani first introduced us to Silver Spring’s David Silverman and his outrageous collection in January 2010. Less than a year later, his dream to showcase his treasures came true.

The museum is so much more than just another storefront in the upscale Shops at Georgetown Park mall. It gives Washington charm and character. And it’s a far cry from a Smithsonian. There’s a small theater, a Worlds Fair-esque history walk exhibit and pinball machines you can play. It attracts everyone from aging pinheads to small children who had to stand on stools to play.

In a letter to supporters posted yesterday on the museum’s Web site, Silverman outlined what happened and what comes next. The museum will remain open until July 4, and then he will need help packing.

As Silverman wrote, let’s “play until the flippers fall off!”