Paris: Grab a joystick—a new exhibit explores the evolution of video games

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Courtesy the Musée des Arts et Métiers

Visitors who have tired of the Mona Lisa can now turn to Mario and Luigi for some unusual museum fun. The Mario Bros.—along with Donkey Kong, Sonic and Pacman—are the stars of a popular new exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Museo Games presents the history and evolution of video games and includes more than two dozen consoles for "interactive learning." Museo Games, in other words, has transformed this national museum into a buzzing and beeping arcade. Fans of old-school gaming can start off playing Missile Command on an Atari 2600 before joysticking their way through the Nintendo and Sega periods into the modern era of the Xbox.

After thoroughly exhausting their thumbs, visitors can recover on the rooftop café before exploring the rest of the Musée des Arts et Métiers. This Marais museum (60 rue Réumur, 3rd arrondissement) has exhibitions on construction, transportation, computers and other wonderfully geeky subjects.

Admission to the exhibit is €3 ($3.80) and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Museo Games runs through November 7.

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