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Relaxed Evening: Game On

10 Sep 2024

Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3

Standard exhibition pricing applies (see below)

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A woman is in the immersive Game On exhibition, playing on an arcade game.

Join us for a relaxed after-hours visit to Game On.  

Enjoy a calmer visit to the Game On exhibition. During this special session, visitor numbers will be limited and we will lower sounds on the loudest games to create a more relaxed experience. A quiet break-out space will also be available and a visual welcome guide will be provided in advance to help you prepare for your visit.  

This session is primarily for, but not limited to, neurodivergent children, young people and adults, and those with sensory or additional support needs who would prefer a more relaxed experience, plus their families, friends and carers. 

Ticket details





Over 65s 


Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot** 


Child 5-15† 


Under 5s† 



**Valid ID required. Carers of disabled people free. 

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

National Museums Scotland have a non-refundable and non-transferable ticketing policy.

See our full Ticketing Terms and Conditions.


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

While many of the games within this exhibition are playable by people with disabilities or access needs, some may be inaccessible for visitors with certain disabilities/access needs. See below for further information, or if you have specific requirements or questions, please contact us at for details. 

Visit our accessibility page for general access information for the National Museum of Scotland.

  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.
  • 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.
  • Accessible toilets are available and there is a Changing Places (U) toilet – for access to this, please ask a member of staff.
  • 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 and the exhibition.  
  • The majority of games are playable by wheelchair users, however due to the historic nature of some of the arcade consoles the height is not suitable for wheelchair users and there is also a driving game which requires sitting in a racing car. 


In the exhibition

Game On is a very interactive and sensory exhibition with games including lights, colour changes and sounds.  

Sensory resources

Ear defenders are available to borrow for free from the exhibition ticket desk on Level 3. A limited number of sensory backpacks are available at the information desks in the Main Entrance Hall and the Tower Entrance. These backpacks cannot be booked in advance.

Download a Sensory Map for the exhibition.

Relaxed viewings

Relaxed viewings of the exhibition are available on selected dates. During these times visitor numbers will be reduced and the sound on games lowered.

Please check our What's On page for relaxed viewings. 

Visual guide

Download a Visual Guide for the exhibition.

The exhibition consists primarily of video games which are visual by nature and may be challenging for blind or partially sighted visitors as audio-description settings will not be turned on as standard.  

We will be holding a free accessible gaming evening in October, specifically aimed at people who are blind or partially sighted, in partnership with Triple Tap Tech and supported by Royal National Institute of the Blind. 

Hearing induction loops

There is a hearing induction loop at the information desk outside the exhibition gallery.

Games in the exhibition

Most of the games are very visual in nature. Some of the games will have subtitles which can be turned on by the user.   

A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. There are no flashing lights in the exhibition, but many of the games feature rapid changes in light levels and colour saturation. The screens in the exhibition operate at 50/60 hertz as televisions do at home.  

We cannot provide a list of 'safe' games as the range of triggers is so varied, but the following suggestions will help to mitigate the risk:  

  • Wear a pair of blue light filtering glasses to help minimise the risk of a trigger  
  • Stand at least 90cm from the screen when playing any game to ensure the screen does not fill your vision  
  • Play only games that are a slower pace/intensity and avoid high action games such as those in the arcade section of the exhibition.  
  • Visit with a person who is aware or your condition and can support you in event of feeling unwell  

If you experience any of the following symptoms while playing a video or computer game - dizziness, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of awareness, disorientation, any involuntary movement, or convulsions - IMMEDIATELY discontinue use and consult your doctor before resuming play.  

There are two games playable with adaptive controllers: Minecraft  andPine Hearts. We have built these controllers in a way that allow a wide range of users with motor disabilities to play.

However, please note that we are not able to customise them to the needs of each specific visitor.  

Additional information

  • Entry is via Lothian Street which has ramped access, not via the Main Entrance on Chambers Street.  
  • If you are in the museum prior to the event you will be asked to leave and re-enter the building via Lothian Street. 
  • A member of staff will be there to assist you on arrival. 
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Plan your visit

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

Plan your visit

Game On is an exhibition conceived and curated by Barbican Immersive in partnership with National Museums Scotland.

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