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Thursday, January 12, 2017

From the Arcade to the Living Room

It’s hard to believe that those video games you used to play in an arcade in your misspent youth could be considered historic objects, but welcome to 2017. And welcome to the exhibit, "From the Arcade to the Living Room" at Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation Museum.

From the Arcade to the Living Room explores the short history of video arcade games through exhibits and game play, just as they were intended to be experienced. A section of the Cradle of Aviation’s spacious gallery space has been transformed to play hundreds of games on over 60 home consoles from the 70s to the 90s all on old school TV tubes, with all your favorite classics in the building -- Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II and many more. The arcade is open for 90 minutes per session, and for one price you get a ticket to play as many classics as you like, and to check out the exhibit telling the story of progression of video games, their characters and the companies that became household names because of them. 

Three sessions are available daily (11:30, 1:30 and 3:30) and entry is $25 for adults, $21 for children 2-12. Price also includes admission to the full Cradle of Aviation galleries, before and after (in the case of 3:30 admits, there is no after, as the museum closes promptly at 5.) If you’re a dedicated retro gaming fan, you can get a Special Exhibit Membership -- $99 gets you unlimited access to the exhibit (which remains open through Dec. 2017, so you’ve got plenty of time to return) and, after the first visit, you can bring a friend for just $10.