Hunger Games Exhibit comes to Louisville by// Lily Haag and Kami Geron

June 3, 2017

Attention tributes, the Hunger Games Interactive Exhibit has made its way Louisville. So, may the odds be ever in your favor.

The Hunger Games Exhibition at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville brings an interactive twist to a book series that has taken the world by storm.

Since its release in 2011, The Hunger Games trilogy has sold more than 11 million copies according to ABC News. Its widespread popularity made creating an interactive experience a necessity.

I got the chance to visit the Frazier History Museum and tour the amazing exhibit. Louisville is the fourth stop after New York, San Francisco, and Sydney, Australia. Louisville is the hometown of lead actress Jennifer Lawrence, so it was a necessary stop. As a huge fan of the series, I was excited and had very high expectations. Going in I did not think I would be as impressed as I was.

Immediately upon entrance a short clip is played that includes important scenes from the movies and also gives you a hint as to what visitors can expect. After this, guests enter the dark doorway and make your way into the exhibit.

The first thing I noticed was the music playing in the background. It was music from the movie soundtrack which made the whole thing seem more real. The exhibit begins in Katniss Everdeen’s home in District 12. Her poor and run-down home was just how it was described in the book and made you feel just how tragic the lives of districts twelve’s occupants were.

As you progress through, all the biggests scenes from the films are displayed. You get to experience the reaping ceremony, arenas, even the train ride to the capital (For my readers that are hardcore fans look for the knife in the placemat).

One of the coolest parts of the exhibit was the costumes. There were many iconic costumes from the films like Katniss’s wedding dress, the mockingjay dress, and my personal favorites were Effie Trinket’s lavish costumes.

It was also incredibly cool to see props from the movies in real life. Katniss’s bow and arrow, as well as her famous mockingjay pin were all on display. I’m not ashamed to admit I had quite the nerd moment when I saw the pin.

Despite the amazing costumes, props, and sounds that the exhibit was full of, my favorite part had to be how interactive the display truly was. There were many touch screen activities that made the whole experience more personal. There was even a stunt choreography simulation. Not to mention you get to learn information about the districts, the origins of the idea of the series, and how the author, Suzanne Collins, envisioned everything to be. There are many facts about the books that even the biggest Hunger Games fanatic could not hope to know.

So often, when we see a movie the message that it tried to get across is lost in the effects of Hollywood. After going through this, I was reminded that the Hunger Games series exists to show the power of one person. Instead of just seeing the action you got to see the symbolism behind the fad that’s popularity hasn’t subsided even after being released six years ago.

I highly recommend visiting the Hunger Games Exhibition. It is open now through September 10, 2017. Tickets are $27.50.


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Photos by//Kami Geron

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