Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered is the latest exhibition to open at the St Albans Museum + Gallery, which includes some of the most iconic and visually striking games from the V&A’s national collection. Game Plan has appeal across the generations and takes a look at the development of board games from Ancient Egypt to the present day. Young and old can enjoy this exhibition and then come together around a board game to laugh, learn, play, argue and hopefully make-up!
HAVE A LOOK AT OUR VISIT TO THE GAME PLAN EXHIBITION AT ST ALBANS MUSEUM + GALLERY
There are beautiful examples of games from the 18th and 19th centuries with intricate illustrations, as well as more recognisable games (look out for the Lego chess set). Playing games has become more and more popular in the digital world and it’s fascinating to take a step back and see the links from Ancient Egypt through time to well-loved games like Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and then on to digital games.
Amongst the exhibits there are interactive elements, including touch-screen information, a table where you can sit down and play, or you could get sent to the life-size Monopoly jail.
At the end of the exhibition there’s a quick little quiz to help you find out whether you are a Gloating Winner, a Sore Loser, a Goody Two-Shoes or even a Cheat!
Game Plan gives some insight into the history of board games and their importance in our culture. Be inspired to dig out your old games and introduce friends and family to new ones!
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will be on display at St Albans Museum + Gallery from 1st December 2018 to 3rd March 2019. Admission is just £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 18s and the cost of the tickets helps to bring high quality, special exhibitions to St Albans.
St Albans Museum + Gallery Trail Of Lost Games
Once we’d explored the exhibition we picked up a Trail of Lost Games trail sheet from the front desk at the St Albans Museum + Gallery. Some games have escaped and are hiding around the rest of the museum. We searched high and low, the lost games are hiding all over from the cells in the basement to the galleries on the top floor. The trail is free and all indoors, so it’s the perfect activity for a winter’s day.
We thought the Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered exhibition was interesting, educational, thought-provoking, fun and that it would be best for adults and children 8 years old and above as there’s lots of information to read and ponder. However, younger children will still enjoy the interactive elements and the Trail of Lost Games is fantastic for all ages.
Top Tips For A Visit to Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered
- St Albans Museum + Gallery is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm Sundays.
- Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered is an exhibition organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood and it will be on display in St Albans until 3rd March 2019.
- Entry to St Albans Museum + Gallery is FREE and the Trail of Lost Games is also FREE, however entry to the exhibition Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered is £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 18s.
- Make sure that you stay for a drink and a bite to eat at the museum café and sit in the unique setting of the historic courtroom.
- For more information about the exhibition and related activities visit the St Albans Museum + Gallery website.
I visited in December 2018, all information is correct at the time of publishing.
I visited as a guest of St Albans Museum + Gallery. Images, words and opinions are my own.