It’s on like Donkey Kong! The Saint Louis Science Center’s newest exhibition invites visitors to “level up” in the areas of psychology, technology and neuroscience by exploring the history of games.
The new 7,500-square-foot exhibition, “GameXPloration,” is designed to unlock each guest’s inner player through five worlds that follow the evolution of games, from board games to virtual reality, and demonstrates how these games impact our lives. The exhibition, which is scheduled to open Oct. 13, will house more than 30 interactive games. Guests can climb on an Augmented Reality Climbing Wall, use their feet to compete in a larger-than-life game of Super Mario Brothers, try floor-projected games and learn more about careers in game design.
“Over the course of human history, games have most certainly evolved, but recent technological advances have taken our gaming experience to a whole new level,” said Chief Officer for Science, Education and Experience Christian Greer. “This exhibition is primarily aimed at teens and tweens, but we have challenged ourselves to design it for a multi-generational audience, allowing for everyone the opportunity to ‘level-up.’”
While the visual identity of the exhibition was designed in partnership with Gensler, an internationally recognized and award-winning design firm, all exhibit elements are being produced by the Science Center’s own exhibits team. The museum consulted with teens from its Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program; members of the program will also help staff the space and provide recommendations for new content.
“For countless generations, games have sparked our imagination, piqued our curiosity and, of course, provided endless amounts of fun,” Greer said. “We hope that GameXPloration will transform our visitors’ thinking on games and inspire the next generation of gamers, engineers, coders, creative problem solvers and more.”
General admission to the Saint Louis Science Center and "GameXPloration" are both free. The Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO.
Last modified on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:46