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The Arcade Age
Learn the history, play the games! Over 50 playable classic arcade games.
The Arcade Age explores the short history of video arcade games through exhibits and game play, just as they were intended to be experienced - in an arcade!
Through Labor Day 2016 the Cradle of Aviation has transformed a section of its galleries into an arcade complete with unforgettable favorites like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Centipede, Donkey Kong and more. Not only can you play the arcade classics, the museum will also feature an exhibit telling the story of video arcade games; from the pioneers in the early 40s and 50s, to the golden age in the late 70s and early 80s, to its crash, revival and ultimate decline in the 90s. It is a story of the creative and innovative people who explored groundbreaking technologies, the games that sprung from their ingenuity and a culture that was shaped by their developments.
With three daily sessions available (11:30, 1:30 and 3:30) your 90 minute free play timed-ticket for the Arcade Age exhibit also includes full access to the Cradle of Aviation galleries. For the 3:30 pm session, please arrive early to enjoy the galleries as we close promptly at 5:00 pm.
Adults $24, Children (2-12) $20, (Members $10/$8)
Come join us for an exciting interactive exhibit that remembers and reflects on the evolution of video games and the arcades they lived in.