Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery shares it games

Tickets are now on sale for “Get Your Game On: Retro Game Night” the next Museum After Dark adults-only event at the Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St. in downtown Hillsboro on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery will be the featured guests with an exhibit on original Native American games of the Pacific Northwest tribes and a 6:15 talk about the history of games and puzzles. The evening features a chance to challenge your friends to the games you played as a child — Candyland, Monopoly, Clue, Twister and many more. 

“When the weather is cold and dreary, many of us remember that’s when the board games came out to keep us entertained,” said Marcia Hale, the museum’s director of guest services and public programs. “This is a chance to play games the old-fashioned way, sitting at a table with friends, actually talking to one another, and not sitting in front of a screen with a game console in your hand.” 

Retro Game Nights are popular at several history museums across the country, Hale said. “It’s a fun way to connect. Even if you were a little kid in the age of video games, I’ll bet your grandparents still taught you to play checkers or Monopoly. “The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery located in Beaverton will add some historical context to the evening with a brief history of the evolution of board games. Its team will also bring along some of the more unusual games in its vast collection, some very rare and some that are truly a snapshot in time such as “Black and White,” a race relation game dating to the late 1960s. The after hours event is for ages 21 and older only. Snacks and adult and non-alcoholic beverages are served. 

Ticket prices are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and include two free drink coupons.  Guests can also buy tickets in blocks of five or more and pay $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the museum during regular business hours Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sundays noon to 5 p.m. or by phone 503-645-5353.

The event is sponsored by Pamplin Media Group, which includes The Times and Beaverton Valley Times, and the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery.

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