‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” — Panem makes stop in Louisville

‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” — Panem makes stop in Louisville

Katniss Everdeen’s Mockingjay dress and wedding gown are among exhibit highlights at “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.”

The odds are in favor of fans of “The Hunger Games” franchise, who will now have the chance to visit Panem here in the Derby City. “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition”opened April 1 at the Frazier History Museum in downtown Louisville.

The immersive exhibit guides visitors through Katniss Everdeen’s journey from District 12 to the Capital to her eventual emergence as the Mockingjay

Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence who portrays Katniss and fellow Kentuckian Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark in the four films, were no doubt a deciding factor in bringing the touring installation to the city. Louisville is only the fourth stop for the global exhibit, which was previously showcased in Los Angeles, New York and Sydney Australia. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which supports young people, artists and local arts organizations.

The Exhibition features more than 20,000-square-feet of costumes, props and interactive intel that gives guests a never-before-seen glimpse inside the worldwide phenomenon.

Effie Trinket’s outfit for the reaping is one of many displays in “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.”

The exhibit consists of seven galleries — District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’ Journey. Authentic film memorabilia and costumes are diplayed in memorable scenes from Suzanne Collins’ dystopian film series. Iconic outfits worn by Lawrence, Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) and Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket) are among the highlights. Katniss’ girl on fire dress, wedding gown and Mockingjay dress definitely stand out and allow an up-close look at the craftsmanship that created movie magic.

A replica of a Gamemakers’ table is one of the interactive components of the exhibit.

In keeping with all things Panem, there are several interactive stations throughout your journey including a replica of the Gamemakers’ table,  rope making station, stunt choreography, Cinna’s sketchbook and a station to make your own “propo.”  When first entering the galleries, you have the chance to get your photo taken in front of a green screen, which later inserts you into a chariot entering the Captial arena.

The exhibit will be a treat for “Hunger Games” afficianados and film buffs alike. Special fundraisers coordinated with the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation are also planned throughout the duration of the exhibit.

“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition”runs 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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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