Las Vegas tourists, assemble! At the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit, fans of the blockbuster Marvel superhero movie franchise can get up close and personal with actual props and costumes from the films (which have grossed almost $23 billion at the global box office to date), tech-forward interactive elements including Ant-man’s helpful army of ants, multimedia displays, a chance to ride Thor’s hammer across worlds, and a fight with Avengers’ diabolical AI nemesis, Ultron, and a chance to assemble with your superhero family and friend for dozens of social media posts and souvenir photos.
How to Visit
Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (an acronym for Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is located within the strip’s Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, just south of the Fashion Show mall. Spread across 31,000 square feet, the exhibition is the work of Victory Hill Exhibitions, which creates film franchise-based attractions and experiences including MGM Grand’s The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and touring Jurassic Park: The Exhibition.
Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. first debuted at Discovery Times Square NYC and Paris’ Esplenade de la Defense before settling here in Las Vegas, where it opened in Summer 2016. Besides the attraction itself, the space includes an 8,000-square-foot retail shop jam packed with Marvel merchandise.
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, tickets cost $34 for adults, $24 for children between ages 4 and 11, and free admission for kids 3 years old and under. An additional $8 is tacked on for a service fee and a commemorative badge.
However, we have the inside track on discounts! To begin, Treasure Island Hotel guests are eligible for two-for-one tickets. Despite its name, website Vegas4Locals offers tourists from all over the world and Las Vegas residents alike, a 20 percent discount with no service fee to boot.
The scan-as-you-go GO Las Vegas card, which includes admission to a choice of more than 45 attractions and shows on either an all-inclusive or a la carte basis for two to five days, can also be used for entry to Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
What to See and Do
Marvel fans are sure to geek out hard upon entering the S.T.A.T.I.O.N for “training” as an agent, while newcomers to the franchise will get a thorough education in many of its key heroes, villains, and movie moments. After a video briefing by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), it’s on to a series of themed rooms filled with actual props and costumes from the films themselves (as a general rule, anything behind glass is the real deal), with new items from more recent franchise entries being added constantly.
Starting on a high note, the first room is largely dedicated to Captain America, with the Stark-designed chamber used for his injection with Super Soldier serum, several costumes, the motorcycle he drove in "Age of Ultron," a mounted shield you can pose with, and Black Panther’s mask.
Other highlights to look for as you continue through the highly interactive, tech-forward and trivia-filled S.T.A.T.I.O.N. include an interactive opportunity to test your strength against the Avengers, a Hulk smash simulator, the cradle that birthed The Vision, a super cool projected set of Ant-Man’s ants that guide your way by forming arrows on the ground and scatter as you step on them, around a dozen of Iron Man’s suits (many of these are from "Iron Man 3") including the bulky, scrappy prototype used to escape terrorists’ clutches in the first Iron Man, and Thor’s hammer, which you can attempt to pick up (it’s not a spoiler to give away that it’s impossible!).
The bad guys and their weapons are also represented, including the Red Skull, a Dark Elf, and the Chitauri, and be prepared for a jolt when being “decontaminated” when leaving this particular chamber. The experience concludes with a video game-like mission in which you’re given a mobile phone-like device to bring down Ultron and his army of robots.
Tips for Your Visit
Before entering the S.T.A.T.I.O.N., you’ll have opportunity to play as the Avengers with help from a bevy of masks and fun accessories against a green screen. Upon exiting, you have a chance to purchase these group or family photos with a choice of background, and also a special agent photo I.D.
To avoid the crowds, the best time to visit Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is during the evening: last entry is an hour before closing. An hour should be sufficient for plenty of selfies within, though more die-hard fans, and those who want to take a deeper dive into the trivia-related interactive elements, should probably allow at least two hours. Do note that although all ages are welcome, and teenagers and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will be closed between January and March 2020, for both a major renovation and retooling, and addition of a second, brand new attraction, dedicated to the “Transformers” movies. Check the Victory Hill Exhibitions website for updates.