While in New York City this week I visited Discovery's Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit, as well as The Hunger Games: The Exhibition. As a fan of both movie franchises, I was thrilled to learn more behind the making of the films.
The Hunger Games exhibit was much more interactive than Star Wars, which wasn't all that surprising - Star Wars fans don't need over-the-top experiences to dilute the fandom (See: Star Wars Episodes I-III.) For Hunger Games, you're given a headset and mini-tablet to carry with you throughout the exhibit (head's up the headset is an extra $7, but it's worth it to listen to the secrets behind the making of all of the epic costumes and movie sets.)
The experience starts with a video narrated by Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket) on an IMAX-esque screen, then you're directed into a room with movie sets from District 12. Each room has aspects of different sets from the films in addition to costumes, which made the experience all the more real. One of the rooms has an interactive replica of the computer the Gamemaker would use to control the games, while another is set up to look like the train that leads to the Capitol.
Of course, Katniss's collection of dresses is on full display, as well as the infamous Mockingjay pin.
At the end of the exhibit you're directed to a green screen for a series of photo ops, followed by a video of you waving on a chariot through the Capitol (which of course are available for purchase.) The history behind the costumes and sets are entertaining for any fan, so it's definitely worth a visit. The exhibit runs through January 3, with tickets at $27.50 ($20.00 for children.)