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The Arcade Age

Through Labor Day, September 5, 2016

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! Now 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. Play the arcade classics and check out the 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 the industry 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

For our fanatic retro gaming fans we now have an Arcade Exhibit Membership! For $99 you get unlimited access to the exhibit plus after your first visit, you can bring a friend for only $10. You will also get free access to upcoming Arcade Exhibit related lectures and any free play nights we may add in the future.

Come join us for an exciting interactive exhibit that remembers and reflects on the evolution of video games and the arcades they lived in.