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Get Your Game On With A Visit To Nauticus’ Traveling Exhibit, Game Changers

The Game Changers experience has something for everyone! Visitors can play Pac-Man, Sonic, and Super Mario at Nauticus as well as learn about the art and science of video games!

Game Changers, which traveled to Downtown Norfolk’s Nauticus campus from Canada, is brought to you by the Canada Science and Technology Museum. This highly interactive traveling exhibit is calling Nauticus home until April 30. Put your skills to the test on games that significantly changed the gaming scene by exploring 120 of the most influential video games. Those games include Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Angry Birds, Space Invaders, Flowers, Adventure and more. 

The Metronet Xbox Arena, which Nauticus added, enhances the Game Changers experience. This Xbox Arena is available throughout the day during opening hours. Stop by the Metronet Xbox Arena and test your hand at games like Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, and more. However, please note that some games are rated M for Mature. Check our socials every Saturday for the new Game of the Week, brought to you by Metronet.

Video games, science, and fun are combined in the Game Changers exhibit. As you wander through the exhibit and play games, be sure to read the signage. Many of your favorite games have real life science applications. Video games make use of several cognitive skills, making them a beneficial activity for your brain. Children and adults can improve their analytical thinking, multitasking, problem solving, strategizing, and teamwork with video games, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The fun doesn’t end on the third floor of Nauticus though. GamerBus Sundays are a popular new weekend addition to add even more friendly competition fuel. Nauticus has partnered with the Game On Gaming Center to offer free gaming at Nauticus on select Sundays. The trailer will be parked in front of Nauticus and offered for free to all visitors and the public on March 12, March 26, April 2, April 16, an April 23 from 12-3 PM. 

If the GamerBus isn’t your thing, don’t miss Nauticus After Dark. On Thursday, March 23 from 6-9 PM, adults 21+ will be able to come to Nauticus for a more adult atmosphere. Game On will set up a gaming station inside Nauticus, Pixels will be offering the opportunity to play some of their traveling games, and Traditions Catering Co. will be offering bytes and booze (for additional purchase). Tickets are $12 for pre-sale general admission and $5 for members (general admission price is $15 at the door).

Calling all those with a competitive spirit who prefer to show off their video game skills. On April 1, Nauticus will be hosting a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. For $20, you can compete against other gamers, as well as enjoy all that the Nauticus campus and Battleship Wisconsin have to offer. The grand prize, donated by Metronet, is a Samsung 43” 4K Smart TV. 

Thinking of coming to Game Changers more than once? Make the most of your visits by becoming a Nauticus member. Memberships pay for themselves in two visits, but the perks are indescribable. Be amongst the first to experience new exhibits, free and discounted admission to special events, and battleship tours. You’ll also get access to member only events throughout the year. Your membership will enable Nauticus to continue its mission of educating the community, providing impactful experiences, and providing access to maritime resources.

Game Changers is in Norfolk for a limited time so hurry in today. For information on tickets and memberships, visit