“The Hunger Games” phenomenon (both the literary series written by Suzanne Collins and the movie franchise (starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen) has made a huge impact on pop culture around the world. If you are a “Hunger Games” enthusiast then there is a “must-see” attraction you need to check out –“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” on display at Discovery Times Square in New York City running from now through January 3, 2016.
This highly interactive tribute to all that is “The Hunger Games,” explores the science, art, history and grandeur of the fictional nation of Panem and features themed environments, hands-on digital experiences and re-creations of sets (Hall of Justice, Victory Party set), 46 costumes and more than 1000 props from the blockbuster movie series. Some of the items included in the Exhibition include Katniss’ bow, the Mockinjay pin, the Girl on Fire dress, Cinna’s sketchbook, the flowered Tribute parade chariot, the Mockinjay dress, Katniss’ wedding dress and models of some of the fictional creatures including the jabberjay and the tracker jacker.
Visitors to this self-guided tour will be greeted by a filmed introduction by actress Elizabeth Banks (both as herself and as her colorful character Effie Trinket) which ends with the “Hunger Games'” catch phrase, “May the odds be ever in your favor.” Guests will then proceed chronologically through various galleries which recreate the film’s mythology starting with the District 12 gallery (the impoverished region where Katniss grew up). Other galleries include the Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13 (site of the rebellion), Katniss’s Journey and the Fan Gallery.
Some of the hand-on activities include testing your knot tying and stunt skills (Take a fight lesson!), exploring the technology behind the brutal and deadly games at the interactive Gamemakers’ Table, creating a “propo” (propaganda film) to stir up the revolution, exploring Panem through an interactive map and having a conversation with outlandish Capitol TV host Caesar Flickerman (represented on a screen by actor Stanley Tucci’s head sitting on top of a mannequin).
Admission to “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” is granted through timed tickets (with a 30 minute window). The tour is at your own pace but it is recommended that you take 90 minutes to see the Exhibition thoroughly. Hours for the Exhibition are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday. The last entry of the day is 45 minutes prior to closing. Tickets are $29.50 for adults, $27.50 for seniors (65+) and $22.50 for children (3-11).
Several New York City hotels in the Times Square area are offering package deals (through December 30) that include tickets (at a 15% discount) to the “Hunger Games: The Exhibition” including the Intercontinental New York Times Square (212-803-4500), The Westin New York at Times Square (212-201-2700) and the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel (888-627-7067). Rates run between $269 – $289 per night and include two VIP adult tickets.
For more information about ‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” get online at www.thehungergamesexhibition.com. Discovery Times Square (site of the Exhibition) is located at 226 W. 44th St. (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in New York City. It is approximately a 7 hour drive from Cleveland. Current costs for flights to New York City are running approximately $500.