Museum of Science and Industry

Swiss Jolly Ball

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Lower Level, C-101B
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The Swiss Jolly Ball is an exhibition of a classic pinball machine, also known as a “flipper.” One of the little-known gems of the Museum, this fascinating mechanical wonder stands more than 7 feet high, 15 feet wide and 5 feet deep. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records named it the largest flipper machine in the world in 1988.

Watch as a silver ball is propelled through various tunnels, tracks and slides, representing the tourist visiting characteristic Swiss scenery and ski lifts, hotels and banks. Heads pace back and forth as the ball shoots through the maze of metal, setting off bells and whistles as it goes. The exhibit was originally created by Charles Morgan, an Englishman who was living in Switzerland. It came to the Museum in 1998 in conjunction with the re-opening of the lower court. The intricate display is one of only two Swiss Jolly Ball exhibits in the world.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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