Game of Thrones: The Exhibition – Should you go?

Entrance to The Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in NYC

Entrance to The Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in NYC

While this post is about the Game of Thrones: The Exhibition event in New York City that took place from March 28 to April 3, 2013, the general event will most likely be the same across all locations. Fans in the Belfast area will get to a chance to view many of the props and costumes of the popular HBO show and most importantly, take a picture on the Iron Throne! The event is from June 8 – June 17, 2013.

There are two lines for getting into the exhibition, one of which is the reserved line. The regular line was extremely long and stretched down around the corner. I heard that it was a 4 hour wait (if you’re lucky).

Lines to get in stretched around the city block

Lines to get in stretched around the city block

Reservations are available by coming earlier in the day and leaving your name for a specified time slot. All reserved time slots allow 4 guests and is a first come first basis for the allotted time. My friend reserved a spot early in the morning for the 7pm time slot, and was told that there were 50 people already reserved for that slot so we should arrive on time. We got in quickly and on time with the reservation. It was definitely worth it to reserve a spot and is recommended. Otherwise, you may not even get in.

Dedicated fan dressed up as Daenerys Targaryen

Dedicated fan dressed up as a Daenerys Targaryen look-a-like

While waiting for 7pm to arrive I spotted someone outside the entrance. Thinking that she was part of the event, I joined in with others to photograph her. To my surprise, after 10 minutes she was asked to leave by the security guard. She looked like she belonged and just started to bring out a little dragon to prop on her shoulder. I had wondered why I didn’t recognize her from the show and now I know!

Daenerys Targaryen's costumes and dragons

Daenerys Targaryen’s costumes and dragons

Season 3 dragon

Season 3 dragon

Season 1 dragon eggs

Season 1 dragon eggs

Season 2 baby dragon

Season 2 baby dragon

show collectibles

show collectibles

weapons collection

weapons collection

Westeros map and history

Westeros map and history

Stark family attire

Stark family attire

Ned Stark's head on a stick

Ned Stark’s head on a stick

Jon Snow's attire; Wilding attire

Jon Snow’s attire; Wilding attire

Props

Props

Lannister Armor

Lannister Armor

More props

More props

Fans got to shoot flaming arrows at the event. Everyone was allowed one arrow only.

guests shooting flaming arrows

guests shooting flaming arrows

The best part of the night was being able to take a picture on the iron throne. Pictures were quickly printed out with the event and date included. iPads were stationed to allow the pictures to be posted on your facebook page or emailed to your account. The quickest way was to email yourself the picture and was recommended by staff. If you’re willing to get back on the line, you could even take multiple pictures in case yours didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. While the line was long, it moved fast. To help move the line along, there was a staff member ready to hold your belongings while you posed for your photograph.

Pictures on the Iron Throne

Pictures on the Iron Throne

Conclusion: Was it worth it? Absolutely! The event was free, I did not have to wait long because of the reservation and I was able to take a picture on the Iron Throne – which was awesome!

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