Playing games is older than writing. The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery seeks to reach a hand across every social,
economic, and cultural boundary to engage other humans in structured play. We believe the exploration of ideas that are
modeled by games and puzzles can produce common ground, encourage creativity, and enhance learning. We celebrate the aesthetic,
historic and functional beauty of structured play and its components.
Our Service to the Community
IMOGAP provides inexpensive access to a shared meeting space, an expansive collection, and the collective knowledge of games
and game theory by our volunteers. We are passionate about games and all the benefits they provide; from education, cognitive
development, socialization and the refinement of “soft skills”, to the empowering of individuals to make friends and become
a part of a larger, diverse community.
… Brings the Community Together
- Family Game Nights
We recognize that sharing time together strengthens family bonds by building trust, practices positive communication, and makes
happy memories. The scheduled activity of “disconnecting to reconnect” encourages families to take a break from our solitary
experiences with digital devices, to instead spend time face-to-face, talking to each other, playing and enjoying each other’s
company. Discounted admission makes for an inexpensive outing and families make up 60% of the museum’s visitors.
- Building Friendships
Gaming hobbyists, those with a commitment and passion for games, come to IMOGAP to interact with other gamers and see themselves
as part of a larger community. We serve this community by hosting themed game nights, tournaments, discussion groups, and designer
workshops. The museum has drawn visitors from 38 states and more than a dozen foreign countries.
- Game Development
The museum helps fill the need of training new game developers with workshops that survey existing games and design principles
from our extensive collection, provide instruction and materials for the game design process, and give new designers a platform
for exploring ideas, playtesting mechanics, and networking with already published developers.
- Volunteer Opportunity
IMOGAP encourages hobbyists to share their love of games. Volunteer opportunities are open to help maintain the collection, play
with others, and organize special play days.
- Community Partnerships
Our volunteers seek out events with other groups to engage the community with gaming. We have established ongoing partnerships and
events throughout the Pacific Northwest with community libraries, schools, youth and special needs organizations, museums, fairs
… Creates Affordable Access to a Space and a Collection
- Affordable Admission
IMOGAPs mission is to reach a hand across every social, economic, and cultural boundary to engage other humans in structured play.
All-day admission ($5 for adults) also includes discounts for young children, seniors, families and large groups.
- Play Space
It is important for communities to have informal gathering places that offer a reprieve from the worries associated with work and
home. IMOGAP is unique, as it is the only board game museum in the United States, it is a community space that promotes play. Our
affordable admission to the museum gives visitors unlimited access to nearly all of our extensive collection of games without the
added expectation of purchasing product.
- Expansive Collection
The museum features a library collection of more than 7,000 games from different eras and all over the
world. IMOGAP is continuously bringing in new games to its library; providing access to specialty games that would not otherwise
be available to the average gamer. These might be games with a limited availability due to small production runs, exclusive content
for collectors, or games priced out of the average gamer’s budget.
… Shares Expert Knowledge of Games
- Teach & Facilitate the Playing of Games
Our volunteers have an extensive background in games and game theory. They provide personalized recommendations for games based on
requirements of player abilities, mechanics, themes, or length of play time. Many of the volunteers also run special gaming sessions
to teach visitors new games to play.
Display cases within the museum provide information and access to the rare or historical games with fragile materials that can’t
endure being handled. Specialized exhibits rotate content to feature themes of history, variety, usefulness, or the process of game
As an authoritative resource on the history of games and game-crafting, IMOGAP is regularly invited to present in local events and
expos. Some of these events include featuring Native American games in the anthropological living museum at the Oregon Country Fair;
presenting a “Five Games Over Five Millennia” panel at Emerald City Comic Con; and exhibiting at the Penny Arcade Expo.
The People of IMOGAP
Board of Directors
- Scott Comstock
- Matthew Kimble
- Brian Koch
- Timothy Storey
- Shauna McKain-Storey
- Meredith Cook
The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery was founded in 2010. IMOGAP (Eye-Moe-Gap), the only interactive gaming museum of its
kind in the United States, has been a 501(c)(3) registered public charity since January 2012. In May 2013, the museum officially
opened its doors and access to a library of 1,500 games, to the public. Now in 2019, the museum has expanded to over 7,000 games and
puzzles and welcomes over 5,000 visitors annually.
15607 SW 116th Ave
King City, OR 97224
(503) 968 - 9998
IMOGAP is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.
Open Tuesday thru Sunday
Noon - 9 pm
Open to schools and groups anytime by appointment.
Seniors 65+: $4
17 and under: $3
5 and under: Free
Groups of up to 6: $15