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Game On

29 Jun - 3 Nov 2024

Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3

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About the exhibition

Get set for Game On - the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games.

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.

 

Nine players line up to play across a number of static consoles in a Game On exhibition space at Life in Newcastle.

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A visitor looks at a brightly lit neon wall, in Game On at Fundación Canal.

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Ticket details

Weekdays

 

Advance* 

On the day 

Members 

Free 

Adult 

£12 

£14 

Over 65s 

£11 

£13 

Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot** 

£9 

£11 

Child 5-15† 

£8

£10

Under 5s† 

Free 

 

Weekends

 

Advance* 

On the day 

Members 

Free 

Adult 

£13

£15

Over 65s 

£12

£14 

Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot** 

£10

£12 

Child 5-15† 

£9

£11

Under 5s 

Free 

10% off when you book as a family 

*Advance ticket prices are applicable up to 23:59:59 the day before. 

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

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.  

10% off when you buy up to three Child 5–15 tickets alongside up to any two Adult, Over 65s, Student, Young Scot, Disabled, Unemployed tickets, with a maximum of five tickets in total. Cannot be used in conjunction with National Museums Scotland Member tickets or any other discount or promotional offer. 

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. 

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

A screenshot from A Highland Song, showing a character walking over a bridge in the highlands

Scottish gaming

Scotland is home to some of the most innovative and influential game makers, including Rockstar North, creators of Grand Theft Auto.

Game On will reveal the stories behind this success, from the invention of the ZX Spectrum computer in the 1980s to the important role Edinburgh studio 4J played in making Minecraft a global phenomenon.  

Independent games with a Scottish connection will also feature. This includes Viewfinder by Dundee-based Sad Owl Studios, and A Highland Song set in the Scottish landscape. 

A Highland Song, © Inkle

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+.

Dwell time

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

A man and a boy sit on a bench in the grand gallery looking at a large dinosaur picture book. The boy is wearing ear protectors.

Relaxed viewings

In relaxed viewings sessions, visitor numbers will be reduced and the volume of some games turned down.

Sun 7 Jul 10:00-12:00
Sun 4 Aug 10:00-12:00
Sun 1 Sep 10:00-12:00
Sun 6 Oct 10:00–12:00

Standard exhibition pricing applies.

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Five visitors look at shelves of agates in our Natural World galleries.

Plan Your Visit

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

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

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Access

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 info@nms.ac.uk 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.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium. 
  • 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 publicevents@nms.ac.uk.

Exhibition curated and organised by the Barbican Centre.

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