‘2001: A Space Odyssey' Interactive Exhibit Coming to Air & Space Museum

Interactive experience open to the public April 8 to May 28

In honor of the film's 50th anniversary, the National Air and Space Museum is set to host an interactive exhibition of a scene from "2001: A Space Odyssey."

The immersive art installation, called the Barmecide Feast, is "a fully realized, full-scale reflection of the iconic, neo-classical hotel room from the penultimate scene" of the movie, the museum says. It will be open to the public from April 8 to May 28.

Museum visitors will be able to enter the re-created room in small groups for short periods to experience the surreal environment depicted in the film, museum announced earlier this month.

For those interested in getting an early glimpse at the exhibit, the museum has two options.

First, a preview will be open exclusively to museum society members on April 5, three days before the official debut. The event will have dessert and coffee and is free, but registration is required.

Non-members can also experience the art installation the night before it opens to the public during April 7's "2001: A Space Party." The bash is open to anyone 21 or older; tickets are $60 and include an open bar with access to the museum at night.

Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch came up with the idea for the installation, the museum said in a statement, and Paul Kember of KplusK Associates architectural firm helped create it.

The art installation coincides with the re-release of the groundbreaking science fiction epic in select theaters beginning May 18. Warner Brothers announced in a statement Wednesday that it will debut an unrestored 70mm print of the film at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in France.

"For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative," the company said. "This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits."

Warner Brothers has not yet specified which theaters will air the reboot of the movie.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" premiered April 2, 1968 at the Uptown Theater in the D.C. neighborhood of Cleveland Park, and went on to become the highest grossing film of the year. Stanley Kubrick's and Arthur C. Clarke's work is widely accepted as a sci-fi classic.

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