Today on the blog, I want to share my nerd heart. For those of you who know me pretty well, and probably even those of you who don’t, you know that I am OBSESSED with the Hunger Games. I was going through an audio book phase, and while searching the shelves at the library in 11th grade, I came across The Hunger Games audio book and thought I’d give it a try. WOW! I would sit for hours listening to this, refusing to be disturbed by anyone or anything! When I finally finished, I was hooked!
Since then I have read the first book 13 times, and the others at least 3 times each. There is just something about this story that draws me in and speaks to me. I love everything about it!
So when I got an email back in March announcing that Discovery Times Square was hosting an interactive Hunger Games Exhibition, you BET I was signed up for every waiting list available, and that I bought my tickets the first day they went on sale! As the summer passed, I counted down the days to August 22nd when we would travel up to New York for the exhibition, and it was better than I could have imagined!
For anyone who hasn’t read the books or seen the movies, please be aware that there are SPOILERS AHEAD! It doesn’t give away too much, but I want you to be aware as you scroll through the pictures that the creators of the exhibition showed everything up through the most recent film, Mockingjay: Part One.
Now I’m counting down the days to November 20th, when the final film comes to theaters! You best believe that I’ll be buying tickets the day they go on sale! 🙂
First we started off in Disctrict 12, where Katniss’s story begins. Here is the Hob, where in the films, Katniss is given her mockingjay pin.
The reaping day costumes! At this part of the exhibit, you could almost feel the tension that filled the Everdeen household on Reaping Day.
If you’ve ever wondered what Panem looks like, here is a map! It was interactive and told you about all of the districts and what goods they produced, as well as some of the notable Tributes that came from each.
Here is the iconic outfit that Elizabeth Banks wore for her role as Effie Trinket when she called Prim’s name for the 74th Hunger Games and when Katniss volunteered.
“That is mahogany!”
Now, let’s ride the train to the Capitol!
And now we enter the Capitol. The ominous, tyrannical government run by President Snow.
Of course, you can’t be in the Capitol without a Capitol feast!
The interactive material in the exhibit were incredible! Look at this book that contained sketches of the costume design. You could flip pages for new digital material!
Here I am being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman himself!
The costume designers are so creative! Especially with Elizabeth Banks’s Effie Trinket outfits!
Now we move into the arena. Here, of course, Katniss’s infamous orange backpack from the first book/film.
The cool part of this exhibition was that it was very interactive. Here you can pretend to sit at the game makers table and control the arena from Catching Fire.
And you could also test some of your skills in the arena. Knot tying is an important survival skill, so they let you try to learn some.
And now on to District 13! In Mockingjay, we learn that this district, which worked in nuclear technology, wasn’t actually destroyed during the uprising. Instead they made a pact with the Capitol to be left alone and in return they would not use their nuclear weapons against the Capitol. But they see in Katniss a symbol for the revolution, and recruit her to join their fight.
Since Discovery hosted the exhibition, of course they included science in places throughout. One of the interesting ones was a display about hydroponics, or growing food without soil. This is how the people of District 13 have to live since their entire population lives underground for protection.
And there were holograms. Like, what?! How cool is this place?!
The final display in the exhibition was to celebrate the girl at the center of this totally engaging story. These are some of the most iconic costumes Jennifer Lawrence wore throughout the films.
And of course, the mockingjay pin. This is the actual pin used throughout the films. Needless to say, my geek heart nearly exploded at the sight of it. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this taste of the Hunger Games Exhibition and our adventure in New York! Happy Wednesday, friends, and may the odds be ever in your favor!