It’s about to be Christmas for all the Katniss Everdeen fans in Louisville. The Frazier History Museum officially opens “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” on Saturday, showcasing more than 20,000 square feet of authentic costumes, props and behind-the-scenes intel.
Louisville is only the fourth stop of the global touring exhibit, and we have a feeling Jennifer Lawrence and her family pulled some strings to treat her hometown to such an expansive, informative display of all things “Hunger Games.”
In fact, it was just announced today, while Insider got a sneak peek into the exhibit, that a portion of all tickets sold will go to the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which assists and empowers young people, artists and local arts organizations.
The interactive exhibit takes you through seven galleries — District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’s Journey — and recreates the paramount scenes from the successful trilogy penned by Suzanne Collins.
The more than 1,000 costumes and props are 100 percent authentic, according to Brian Harris, vice president of marketing for Imagine Exhibitions Inc., which developed the exhibit along with Lionsgate.
Highlights include the “Girl on Fire” dress, the Mockingjay armor, the chariot Katniss and Peeta rode in, Katniss’ bow, Cinna’s sketchbook and many insider details of set building, costume design, filming locations and story inspirations. Any “Hunger Games” fanatic could spend a decent amount of time poring over the pieces in each gallery.
One interesting tidbit we learned was that the film’s production designer, Philip Messina, drew inspiration from Depression-era scenes of Appalachia — from mining towns to mill towns — when creating the look for District 12.
One fun interactive component includes getting your picture taken in front of a green screen at the beginning, and by the time you make your way to the gift shop at the end, there will be a photo of you in the chariot available to purchase.
Several other interactive pieces feature a station where you can learn stunt choreography, a gamemaker’s control table, an explorable map of Panem, and even a rope station where you can try your hand at untying and tying knots.
The tour concludes with a gift shop containing all things “Hunger Games” — including Mockingjay pins, T-shirts and glasses, Katniss’ cool knit scarf, a stuffed version of Primrose’s cat, and more.
“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” opens Saturday, April 1, and continues through Sept. 10. Tickets are $27.50 for adults; $26 for children 4-11; $26 for military and seniors; and $16 for Frazier members. A family pack of four (two adults, two children) is $90. The Frazier History Museum is located at 829 W. Main St.
Here are some more images from the exhibit: