Game On

Game On, the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games, arrives in Edinburgh this summer.

Girl playing Tetris on computer during Game on Exhibition.
©Bienal de São Paulo
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29th June - 3rd November
£8.00 to £12.00 per person (if purchased in advance online)

The exhibition will feature iconic characters and games ranging from Space Invaders to Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario to Minecraft.

Curated by Barbican Immersive, the exhibition delves into the evolution of gaming as a medium and artform. Originally launched in London at the Barbican in 2002, and touring since then, the exhibition has attracted over five million visitors in 24 cities worldwide.

Visitors can get hands-on with key games from the past 50 years to explore gaming’s rich history.

Divided into themed sections, visitors will be able to delve into game design and technological developments over the decades – from handheld to home console to arcade machines. There will be the opportunity to explore the wider cultural of gaming, such as the links between gaming and music and film.

Game On is open to all ages, but parents and guardians should supervise their children’s game choices to ensure they’re suitable for their age, experience and ability.

Relaxed sessions, where visitor numbers will be reduced and the volume of some games turned down, will be available from 10am to 12noon on 07 July, 04 August, 01 September and 06 October 2024.

Save money by purchasing tickets in advance online.

Game on runs from 29 June to 03 November 2024 at the National Museum of Scotland.

Arcade machines and computers with games set up for museum exhibition.
©National Museums Scotland