INDIANAPOLIS — Beginning Black Friday, the Indiana State Museum will feature a pop-up arcade in conjunction with its annual Celebration Crossing exhibit from Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3. The video experience will be located on Level 2 of the Indiana Store.

The pop-up arcade is planned in partnership with Indianapolis-based DreamAuthentics, the industry’s leading personalized video arcade manufacturer and Carmel-based Video Game Palooza Inc., a game industry charity foundation dedicated to STEM learning through video games and interactive technology.

“We decided to host a pop-up arcade to further diversify our audience, and quite frankly, this experience is an important element to pull in an audience most museums struggle to reach and that’s young people,” says Damon Lowe, the museum’s chief curator of science and technology and curator of biology.

The pop-up arcade, which is to feature up to 22 game stations, is targeted primarily at multi-generational visitors to the museum and will include both retro and more current games. This is the museum’s first attempt at cultivating a dedicated audience for video gaming. “Based on the pop-up arcade’s success, it’s possible that we may revisit this idea in the future,” added Lowe.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Indiana State Museum for the upcoming Celebration Crossing,” says Cara Barretto, CEO of Video Game Palooza. “Video Game Palooza brings to this wonderful venue a retro video game exhibit that brings kids, adults and families together for a memorable and enjoyable activity. Engaging kids, stimulating curiosity and opening ideas of future learning paths, is exciting and the wonderful partnership of this event serves as the foundation of these principles.”


A list of the video games is below.

  •  Q*bert-Gottlieb; 1982
  • Hang On-Sega; 1985
  • Cruis’n Exotica-Midway Games; 1999
  • Off Road Challenge-Midway Games; 1997
  • Asteroids-Atari; 1979
  • Gauntlet Legends-Atari Games; 1998
  • Pole Position-Atari; 1982
  • Paperboy-Atari Games; 1984
  • Popeye-Nintendo; 1982
  • Star Wars Trilogy Arcade; 1999
  • Danny Sullivan’s Indy Heat-Leland; 1991
  • Donkey Kong (cocktail table version)-Nintendo; 1981
  • Out Run-Sega; 1986
  • Golden Tee Fore Complete-Incredible Technologies; 2005
  • Gyruss-Konami; 1983
  • Tekken 5-Namco; 2004
  • Galaga-Midway; 1981
  • Operation Wolf-Taito; 1987
  • DreamAuthentics-Excalibur HD; 2015
  • DreamAuthentics-Excalibur SD; 2009
  • Killer Queen-SortaSoft Games; 2013
  • Arcade Legends-Chicago Gaming; 2010
  • Flight 200 pinball-Stern Electronics, Inc.; 1980

Admission to the arcade is $7 plus general admission, $10 without museum admission and $7 for museum members. For ticket information, please visit

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

Indiana Arcade Exhibit Cartoon