The opening day of the Game of Thrones Exhibit (Tuesday 1 July) held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, reported queues as long as 6 hours. They were not joking.
I had resigned myself to not seeing the exhibition because I was planning to go to visit my parents with my children during the school holidays. But on Thursday night Shabahdu called me and asked me if I was going to see it, as he had taken the day off on Friday to go and see it and wanted me to come with him. He said he would be there at 8am (exhibition opens at 10am) and I spoke to my parents and said naively "I should be able to get in at 10, be done by 11 and then we can drive to your house." They told me to go enjoy myself.
So I hopped on the train and got into the city at about 815am, and I could see from the train station the huge queues in front of the MCA already. Shab was a minute or two ahead of me and was heading to the line so I went to meet him. It was already REALLY long and getting longer. Lucky we got into the main line.
|Snaking queue in front of the lawn of the Museum of Contemporary Art - not unlike herding sheep|
|See the bike next to the orange barrier? That's the queue to GET into the queue! 2nd queue along harbourline|
We got to the "3 hour wait" sign at 1:40pm, the "2 hour wait" sign at 2:20pm, and the "1 hour wait" marker at 3pm and the "30 minute wait" mark at 3:15pm. We finally got INTO the exhibit at 3:55pm.
There were 2 mini queues (they were nothing compared to outside's line) for pics on the Iron Throne, and also for the Oculus Rift 4D experience on The Wall.
|The replica Iron Throne. Looks good in pics, but up close it's VERY plastic!|
|Costumes for Sansa Stark, Prince Oberon, Marjery Tyrell, King Joffrey Baratheon and Cersei Lannister|
|Tyrion Lannister's outfit next to Sansa's dress|
|Brienne and Jaime (after he lost his hand)|
|Arya Stark and The Hound (and her wooden training sword used with Syrio)|
|Ygritte's furs and John Snow's leathers|
|Two of Daenerys Targaryan's outfits|
|Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon|
|Eww pretty realistic looking prop of Jaime's severed hand|
|Obsidian blades, Ice picks|
Verdict: Awesome exhibition, especially considering it was free! But worth an 8 hour wait? I don't think so! Saturday is the last day (5 July) and I hate to think what kind of crowds it will generate then. I wonder if they had booked tickets and the exhibition had cost something (man, they could have RAKED in the cash with this one), the crowds may have been a lot less. All up it was a good experience (though hours of my life I will never get back) but at least I had a fun time with Shab.