From 21st of October to the 25th of February, the Sea City Museum will be hosting the Gameplan: Boardgames Rediscovered exhibition that is currently on tour from the V&A Museum of Childhood. Did you treasure family board game nights as an opportunity to bond with your family or challenge your siblings? Or do you shudder when you pass a monopoly game box, remembering the relationships lost over never-ending games and arguments over the rules? Well all of those feelings will be explored at the exhibition that delves into the world of board games both old and new.
The exhibition features over 100 objects, including memorabilia, game pieces and complete board games. You can find a huge range of chess pieces from intricately carved pieces to a chess board featuring LEGO figurines. There are very old versions of some well known games, some hand made, hand drawn, or even sewn from fabric. The exhibition doesn't just explore the historical side of board games, there are also items from a range of more modern games that give an insight into the current popularity of tabletop gaming.
The exhibition is very hands on, and there will be opportunities for you to play and interact with many different games. You won't be getting your hands on that hand-drawn version of monopoly or playing with a 1000-year-old chess set, but there will be plenty of other parts of the exhibition you can test out.
You can even take the GameFace quiz to find out what kind of game player you are, and pick up a badge to show off your gaming tactics and style.
The video below gives you a tour through the original exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood and gives a bit more of an idea of what you can expect.
Tickets to see the exhibition and the museum are £8.50 for adults or £6.00 for concessions, children under 5 are free. If you're only interested in seeing the exhibition then tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Day passes are also available that provide admission to the Sea City Museum and the Tudor House and Garden. See the Sea City Museum website for more details. The exhibition will be at the Sea City Museum until February 25th and is open daily from 10am-5pm.
Sea City Museum will be closed 24th-26th December and 1st January.