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The 'Hunger Games' Exhibitition Will Make You Want To Lead A Revolution

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Despite how much we love "The Hunger Games," you've gotta admit: Panem isn't reeaaaally a place you'd actually want to live. I mean, sure the Capitol is pretty and getting to shoot stuff with a bow and arrow can be pretty exhilarating, but government-mandated competitive child murder? Not so much.

But what if you didn't have to live in Panem to see all the gorgeous costumes, weapons, and beloved characters of "The Hunger Games" up close and personal -- perhaps, say, in the "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition?"

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With over 1000 authentic props from the movie, 46 different costumes, and all kinds of interactive materials to check out, this is an event any "Hunger Games" fanatic won't want to miss. It's also set to be one of Discover Times Square's most successful exhibits -- so far they've sold more pre-sale tickets than they have for any of their previous film-based attractions, such as their current Marvel's "Avengers" S.T.A.T.I.O.N. or the "Harry Potter" exhibition.

So what exactly will you see at the world premiere of "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" tomorrow on July 1st? I got the chance to walk through Discovery Times Square and sneak a peak -- and trust me, it's incredible.

  • We arrive at District 12's Hall of Justice -- well, at least the blueprints.
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    That's the big building outside where Katniss first volunteers for The Hunger Games.

  • And then meet up with Effie Trinket...
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    Who welcomes us to the Hunger Games exhibit as only she can -- magnificently.

  • Plus her alter ego, Elizabeth Banks!
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    After a brief emotion-inducing series of clips from the franchise (if there's ever a time where looking at Primrose Everdeen's face does not make me cry then you should take me off of life support because I am definitely in an irreversible coma), Elizabeth Banks breaks the fourth wall to talk about the influence that "The Hunger Games" has had on "the issues facing our own world today."

  • Then we start with District 12...
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    Specifically with the Hob. All of the props you see were actually used in the movie.

  • Including THIS baby.
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  • And it's full of iconic costumes.
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    Oh man, do I covet that cowl. It looks so comfy.

  • And interactive panels that test your real life "Hunger Games"-knowledge.
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    Which of these plants are poisonous? I have no idea. I would definitely be the first to die in the Hunger Games.

  • Plus even more costumes.
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    If you look around the back, you can see why Katniss calls Prim "Little Duck" -- because her shirt isn't tucked in.

  • And interactive maps.
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    Forget all the fan theories about where Panem is located -- this is the OFFICIAL district map as envisioned by Suzanne Collins, and on it you can check out all kinds of information about each culture and its tributes. Stick around here for a bit to see a special easter egg that takes you to District 13.

  • Now it's time for some reaping. :(
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    The lamps behind Effie are from the real set, as are the bowl, tables and microphone. And pieces of sealed paper inside the reaping bowls? My guide told me that all of them have either Peeta or Primrose's name on them. Harsh, guys. Way harsh.

  • Then we go through the Tribute Train.
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    Yes, that IS mahogany -- and still had the knife sticking out of it.

  • And see some of their victory tour outfits.
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    I was expecting the entire exhibit to just be nothing but Effie costumes, but surprisingly there are only four. That's because much of the wardrobe Effie wears in the movies were on loan from real life designers -- for example, in "Catching Fire" she wears a lot of Alexander McQueen. This piece, however, was created by "Catching Fire" costume designer Trish Summerville.

  • Then we make our way to the Capitol...
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    Be careful. They're watching.

  • Where we meet President Snow.
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    Or, well, three of him.

  • And the District 12 tributes.
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    Yup, that's the real chariot from the movie -- which was pulled by real horses during filming.

  • Plus their RIDICULOUS Victory party wardrobe.
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  • And Katniss's "Girl on Fire" dress.
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    You won't believe how detailed this gown is when you see it up close and personal -- there are even little beaded flames on the hem.

  • There's also some amazing props.
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    You probably only saw these design pages for a second in "Mockingjay: Part One," and now you get to lust over them for as long as you can stand there.

  • You even get to meet Caesar Flickerman in the flesh!
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  • He interviewed me and everything.
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  • Next, the Games!
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  • There's an interactive Gamemaker's map.
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    And if you have the Hunger Games Exhibition app, you can use it to see some cool extra stuff...

  • With bonus augmented reality!
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  • You can also tie knots just like Finnick.

    This is actually the REAL knot-tying table and set-up from "Catching Fire," so you're basically touching a real piece of the movie.

  • And learn how to fight.
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    Using Kinect technology, you can learn some cool martial arts moves from Sam Hargrave, the stunt coordinator for "The Hunger Games." Fun fact: he's also the stunt double for Chris Evans in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." You can kind of see it in his uppercut, NGL.

  • Then we finally arrive at District 13!
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  • Where we see how the revolution is going.
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    Spoiler alert! You see that trident up top? That's Finnick's, but you won't get to see him actually wield it until "Mockingjay: Part Two."

  • And make our own propaganda videos.
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  • And catch up with Prim.
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    You might not be able to see it from here, but on Katniss's bed is the pearl and the locket Peeta gave her. Uggggh, OTP feels.

  • Finally, the moment you've been waiting for: Katniss herself.
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    The exhibition saves the best for last -- four of Katniss's most iconic outfits that represent her journey throughout the films.

  • But wait, there's more!
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    Using submissions sent to Lionsgate for the "Fan of the Week" contest, the final gallery is a loving tribute (pun not intended) to the amazing artists who've been inspired by the series.

  • Plus some interactive goodies.
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    Remember the scene where Katniss and Peeta arrive in their chariot? You get to recreate that yourself.

  • And, of course, the GIFT SHOP

    OH NO THEY MAKE THE COWL? HELP ME I NEED IT.

  • Seriously, there's so much good stuff in here.

    Buttercups galore!

  • And it's all gorgeous.
    Some of it will be available online, but some of it is exclusive only to the exhibition's gift shop.