Are you a Scrabble champion? A wannabe chess grandmaster? Or a Monopoly megalomaniac?
Find out at St Albans Museum + Gallery as it hosts Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered - a major exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood. This vibrant exhibition celebrates the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.
Displayed in the Weston Gallery, this family-friendly exhibition presents some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games such as chess, the exhibition looks at historical board games such as The Game of the Goose and beautifully-designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered features games from around the world, and explores the important role of design. Throughout the exhibition, selected games of special interest are highlighted with a more detailed look at their history and influence. There are hands-on interactives throughout and the opportunity to discover if you are a gloating winner, a cheater or a sore loser at the end.
More than 100 objects will be displayed as part of the exhibition, with further St Albans specific games artefacts from the museum collection being displayed in other galleries. Look out for objects such as the 12th century chess piece which was discovered on Chequer Street, or the special edition Monopoly which features St Albans as the ‘Mayfair’ spot.
To celebrate the opening of this new major exhibition, a host of family focussed events and activities have also been planned. These include a newly created museum trail, Play the Game family fun day on 1 December, large scale Games in the Galleries activities throughout the holidays and games inspired craft sessions.
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will be on display at St Albans Museum + Gallery from 1 December 2018 until 3 March 2019.
Exhibition admission costs - £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 18s. The cost of the ticket helps bring high quality, special exhibitions to St Albans.
St Albans Museum + Gallery is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm Sunday.