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Members' Preview Day: Game On

28 Jun 2024
10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)

Special Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3 

Free, booking required

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Players experiencing Game On at Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, in 2013.

© Barbican

Players experiencing Game On at Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, in 2013.

© Barbican

We are delighted to invite National Museums Scotland Members and Patrons to an exclusive Preview Day of Game On before the exhibition opens to the public.

Game On is the largest interactive exhibition of the history and culture of videogames.

Conceived and curated by Barbican Immersive, Game On examines the creative and technological advances that have established a new medium and artform. ​

From Sonic the Hedgehog to Mario, explore gaming's rich history by playing many of the key games produced over the last 50 years. As the exhibition has evolved and changed, over five million people of all ages have visited this interactive exhibition in 24 cities around the world.

The exhibition will open over 20 years after the National Museum of Scotland was its very first touring venue in October 2002, after its initial opening run at the Barbican in London.

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How to book

You can pre-book your tickets using your Member or Patron login.

If this is your first time logging in, you will need to activate your online account before you can book any tickets. To do this, simply enter your email address and you will receive an email to create your password. You will then be able to login and book your tickets.

We will also be able to accommodate walk-ups on the day pending ticket availability. Just show your valid Membership or Patron card at the exhibition entrance. 

Last entry is at 16:30.

If you have any queries about this event please contact

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Plan your visit

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.

Plan your visit


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

  • Many of the games within this exhibition may be inaccessible for visitors with certain health conditions or impairments. If you have specific requirements, please contact us at for details.
  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

Find out more about our access information. If you have any questions about accessing this event, please email us in advance at

Dwell time

To ensure a positive experience for all visitors, the maximum time allowance within the exhibition space is two hours.

Guidelines for younger gamers

Game On is an exhibition for visitors of all ages. However, there are some games that parents and guardians may not deem suitable for the children in their charge.

Please monitor the games played by younger players in your group and ensure that children only play games that contain content which you consider appropriate for their age, experience, and ability.

All recent videogames contained in the exhibition have been rated by the European PEGI certification system. These ratings are noted for visitors on accompanying panels, including for games rated 12, 16 or 18+.

An exhibition conceived and curated by Barbican Immersive in partnership with National Museums Scotland.

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