Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games—from the trailblazing arcade era through today's web and console games.
Challenge yourself to achieve a high score on more than 100 playable games as you learn how the most beloved characters—from Sonic to the Sims—came to life, and follow the remarkable transformations that video games have undergone over time through the 100 objects and original artworks featured within the exhibit.
Visitors will have the unique opportunity to play in spectacular multi-player immersive experiences as well as on classic arcade games from the 1970s and '80s while discovering the stories of the designers who have pushed the limits of gaming beyond our wildest imaginations.
Browse rare concept artwork, watch revealing interviews, and beat all the boss levels you can in this landmark exhibition celebrating the names behind the games!
Game Masters Programming at The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute offers programming and events to complement Game Masters: The Exhibition.
Programming from Scratch: A Beginners Workshop to Coding with Games
Select weekends through August
Movie Nights in Game Masters: Movie + Exhibit in an Exclusive After Hours Event for Adults 21+
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:30pm to 10:30pm (War Games)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – 5:30pm to 10:30pm (Tron)
Pixels to Pigment: A Screen Printing Workshop
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Science After Hours: 8-Bit
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Movie Nights in Game Masters: Atari Game Over
(Event is Free with the Purchase of a Game Masters Ticket)
Wednesday, August 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Play "The Adventures of Benjamin Franklin," our own 8-Bit-style video game!
Best Time to Visit!
Weekday mornings during the school-year and summertime can be crowded with large groups taking field trips. We are confident that you will have a great time at The Franklin Institute no matter when you visit. However, if you are looking for shorter lines and a less busy experience, we suggest individuals purchasing tickets do so on weekends and on weekday afternoons.