Yesterday (June 28th), I had the pleasure of attending an early preview of The Hunger Games: The Exhibition. I have some exclusive photos and descriptions of the exhibition below!
I arrived at Discovery Times Square in New York City in the morning, ready to meet up with friends and enjoy the exhibition. Once we were let into the building, we climbed up a few stairs and walked down the hallway. We were then led downstairs and given audio guides for the exhibition. Next, there was a photo op: in groups of four or less, we were told to pose first happily, then like we were scared, then triumphantly, and finally we were told to make silly faces. These photos were put onto a card, which you can turn in at the end of the exhibition and buy your photos in a The Hunger Games: The Exhibition Photo Book. Once everyone was done with the photo op, the doors were opened and we were let into a room with two benches and a wall in front of them. Soon, a video of Effie introducing the exhibition started playing on the wall in front of us.
Along the way, there were many stands featuring information about the films. In addition, there were some stands with an interactive element where one could turn a handle to vote for one of multiple options. Each time one of the handles is turned, a marble is released into a tube corresponding to that option on the back of the stand. This way, you can see how many people chose each option!
In this display, we see Peeta and Haymitch’s outfits from the Victory Tour in Catching Fire. Also, we see some iconic props from The Hunger Games, including Haymitch’s favorite refreshments and the mahogany table that Katniss stabbed.
As we move on, we see some costumes from the party at President Snow’s mansion in Catching Fire. After, we come up to a display featuring Katniss and Cinna’s costumes from the interviews in The Hunger Games. Speaking of interviews, the next attraction allows fans to have their own interview with Caesar Flickerman!
There’s also an interactive element at the end of the room where two fans at a time can learn some simple fight choreography. The station is able to sense where your body is so you can see if the movements you make are correct as you’re doing them.
This marks the end of the actual exhibition, but the activities are far from over. First we walk through the fan gallery, which has artwork from fans all around the world displayed. We then enter a room where we can put on capes and stand in front of a green screen for another video/photo op – this time, it’ll look like we’re riding on Katniss and Peeta’s chariot from the tribute parade in Catching Fire. Make sure you still have your card from the beginning of the exhibition, because you’ll need it to put this video and photo on.
First, for the video, we were told to wave and be happy because the whole crowd was there for us, then we glared at President Snow as our costumes caught fire, and finally we had a few second to do whatever we wanted. Then they’ll take a still picture, and then we returned the capes, returned our audio guides, and gave our card to the people at the checkout desk where we could buy our video and photos. Now it’s time for the gift shop! When I say this gift shop has everything, I mean it has literally everything. Shirts, backpacks, blankets, pillows, socks, scarves, mugs, mints, coasters, books, posters, pins, jewelry, stuffed animals, barbies, and much much more. There was even a Mockingjay pin made out of real gold that costs $7,500! Once you’ve bought all the merch your heart (and wallet) can handle, it’s time to leave the exhibition. It was a very fun and interesting experience, and something that I’d definitely recommend doing more than once! To get your tickets to The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, which opens to the public on July 1st, click here.