Power UP runs until Sunday 7 August
School’s out and so are the gadgets at the Science Museum, where it is going console crazy for two weeks of interactive gaming fun with Power UP. This hands-on and fully interactive gaming event is the perfect summer activity for all the family. Running until Sunday 7 August, Power UP features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past 40 years. Everything on display can be touched and played – so it is hands on and game on!
With over 160 systems and hundreds of games that are all fully operable and available to play on - from Pong and Pacman to Lego and Halo - there is something to suit beginners and experts, competitive parents, multiplayers, retro fans and everybody else in between. Running in partnership with leading gaming specialists European Gaming League (EGL), gamer girls and boys are in for a museum experience like no other.
The very latest Next Gen consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One will be on hand in addition to the latest craze in VR, Occulus Rift - alongside classic PC titles Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog and a host of Disney and Batman games. So parents and kids alike can each show off their skills to the other!
Split into multiple zones, featuring the most loved and popular games linked by theme, content and brand – from Atari and SEGA to PlayStation and Nintendo, Power UP offers players of all ages the perfect opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at its liveliest: up-close and hands-on.
Early programmable computers and classic 80s educational games will also be playable alongside the most current and contemporary of games - highlighting just how far and fast gaming culture has developed over the past 40 years.
Tickets can be bought on the day from the museum but advance online booking is recommended for the four times daily 90 minute sessions, which start at 11.00. Day passes and family tickets are available. Adult Only sessions for ages 18+ are also running in the evenings on 29 July, 30 July and 5 August and Power UP will run as part of the Science Museum’s July Lates on Wednesday 27 July.
Alistair Otto, Science Museum Group Commercial Experiences Manager comments: “We really do feel this is THE ideal summer holiday solution both for kids who want to stay in and spend time online transfixed to their consoles and computers, and adults desperately keen to get them out to see the great, many museums London has to offer. Once here, not only do visitors get a unique opportunity to experience all of the very best games from the past 40 years – games that their parents grew up with – but they get to see that museums can be cool and exciting places offering experiences that can be relevant, fun, interactive and interesting.”
Power UP runs from Friday 22 July to Sunday 7 August at the Science Museum, London. It is recommended for ages 5+. Additional family friendly activities for all ages are running at the museum throughout the school holidays. Full details available via www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup.
Daily sessions: 11:00 – 12:30; 12:45 – 14:15; 14:30 – 16:00; 16:15 – 17:45
Sessions at Science Museum Lates on 27 July: 6.15 – 7.15; 7.30 – 8.30; 8.45 – 9.45
Adult Only Evening Sessions: 29 July, 30 July and 5 August, 7:00 – 10pm
Ticket Prices for each daily 90 Minute Session:
Concessions £6.50 (4-16 years old)
Family of 3 £19.00 (must include at least one child under 16)
Family of 4 £23.00 (must include at least 2 children under 16)
Evening Session £12.00 (19.30-22.00) - over 18s only
Science Museum Lates £5.00 per 1 hour session – over 18s only
3 and under Free
Ticket Prices for Day Passes
Entry to all 4 timed sessions on a specific day (excludes evening sessions):
To book an all-day ticket please call 0207 942 4000 or 0331 241 4000
Concessions £23.50 (under 16)
Tickets are available to book now via www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup
Subject to availability tickets may also be available to buy at the museum on the day.
All gamers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. Find out more at sciencemuseum.org.uk.