Power UP runs from Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April 2018
Tickets on sale from 1 February
This Easter the Science Museum welcomes back its phenomenally popular interactive gaming event Power UP. Returning for a third year, this hands-on video game extravaganza features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the last four decades.
Held in partnership with leading gaming specialists European Gaming League (EGL), Power UP takes you on an interactive journey through the history of gaming, with 180 systems and hundreds of games on hand to provide enthusiasts and novices with their gaming fix. From classic arcade games to the latest VR, from Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there's something to suit everyone, whether you're a parent looking for child-friendly Easter holiday activities or a games aficionado who wants to revel in the classics.
Household names PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch sit alongside iconic retro consoles including the SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and the original educational computer, the BBC Micro. Visitors to Power UP can see for themselves how far gaming technology has advanced in the four decades since early games like Pong carved out their place in pop culture. Modern innovations like PlayStation VR will provide a glimpse into what the future may hold.
Evening adult-only sessions will run on 4. 5 and 12 April, giving friends and competitive colleagues the perfect opportunity to battle it out on 18+ favourites including DOOM, Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto.
Science Museum Group Commercial Director Michelle Lockhart said: 'We're delighted that we're able to bring Power UP back to the Science Museum following a hugely successful run for the last two years. The allure of video games really is universal and that's reflected in our offering to visitors. There is something to excite and inspire everyone at Power UP—from gaming enthusiasts and retro fans who want to relive the classics, to parents looking to share the games that defined their childhood with their own kids.'
Notes to Editors
For further information and press/filming requests. please contact the Science Museum Press Office: Freya Barry, 020 7942 4327.
Tickets are available to book online or at any ticket desk in the museum. Visitors can avoid ticket desk queues by booking online before their visit. Subject to availability it may be possible to buy tickets at the museum on the day.
Power UP is recommended for ages 5+, and all gamers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Power UP sessions:
- Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April 2018
- Daily sessions: 11.00–12.30; 12.45–14.15; 14.30–16.00; 16.15–17.45
- Half day tickets: 11.00–14.15; 14.30–17.45
- 18+ evening sessions: Wednesday 4 , Thursday 5 and Thursday 12 April 19.00–22.00
Session ticket prices:
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 three 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. More information can be found at sciencemuseum.org.uk.
About the European Gaming League (EGL)
The European Gaming league is a company of gamers. helping to build a new culture from the ground up, creating the ultimate eSports arena where garners can play, watch and socialise over the world's most exciting competitions and leagues. egl.tv
About Discover South Kensington
Discover South Kensington brings together the Science Museum and other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day. discoversouthken.com
Image: © Benjamin Ealovega, Science Museum