Game Masters: The Exhibition – NOW CLOSED

Date information01-09 March
10am-4pm Daily
Location informationNFSA Acton
Event cost$19/$15/$12 (adult/conc/jnr 5-17), kids 0–4 free, family ticket $50, groups (10+) $12

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition on 27 September, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.


Book now

The exhibition is open daily 10am–4pm from Friday 27 September 2019 until Monday 9 March 2020. Booking online before your visit is recommended, and allows fast-track entry on busy days. Click here to book.

A program of special Game Masters events and screenings complements the exhibition.

Be rewarded for every screening, event or exhibition at the NFSA every time you visit. Your seventh visit is free. More details on Club NFSA at our Visit Us page.


Gift vouchers now available

Gift vouchers are the easy and fun way to share the excitement of Game Masters: The Exhibition. Purchase your gift voucher online now or at Reception when you visit the NFSA.


About Game Masters

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them. Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave! 

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3 (2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Note: the content within Game Masters: The Exhibition has varying degrees and types of stimulus. If you are a person with ASD or sensory sensitivities and require further information about the exhibition, please email enquiries [at] or see our front of house staff at reception. Information is also available for vision impaired and hard of hearing visitors, as well as those who require wheelchair/walker access.

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Our partners

Major Sponsor: VisitCanberra

Canberra is brimming with must-see-and-do experiences in 2019, including Game Masters: The Exhibition. With a stellar food and wine scene, a multitude of museums and galleries and endless natural attractions just waiting to be explored, discover why the capital was named third in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2018.

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Hotel Partner: Ovolo Nishi

Ovolo Nishi is Canberra’s most creative and inspired boutique hotel – where artisan influences, culture and interior design collide within the ACT’s award-winning cultural district of New Acton. Ovolo Nishi is a space for guests to enjoy while overlooking Lake Burley Griffin – with Canberra’s bustling CBD just a short 15-minute stroll away.


Education Partner: Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

Industry Partner: Game Plus