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New Member Spotlight - July 2016

Laser Tag Museum

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

The Laser Tag Museum was founded to preserve the history of the industry, which debuted in 1984. Housed at Lazer Blaze, a family entertainment center in Louisville, the museum showcases the growth of the industry over the past three decades, with free admission to the public. Nearly 40 laser tag manufacturers have donated items on display, including artifacts from commercial, tactical (outdoor), and toy laser-tag systems. The collection also includes many last-of-their-kind and prototype pieces. Original artwork, corporate logos, membership trophies and cards, tournament T-shirts, and more are all on display.

“The Laser Tag Museum joined IAAPA for two reasons,” says Curator Erik Guthrie. “One, IAAPA is focused on helping laser tag operators and attractions throughout the world through its education classes at IAAPA Attractions Expo, and that benefits the industry. The second reason is IAAPA offers substantial benefits and programs that will allow the Laser Tag Museum to better itself and provide a greater experience to its visitors who come from all over the world to see the artifacts on display.”


Fast Facts

George Carter III developed Photon, the first commercial laser tag system, after watching “Star Wars” in theaters in 1977.

The museum showcases the concept artwork George Carter III submitted to acquire funding for his first Photon facility. In the laser tag industry, this is known as “The First Artifact.”

Laser tag (Q-zar) was played by the ­athletes of the 1996 Olympics at the Olympic Village in Atlanta, Georgia. Only 16 of these Olympic packs were made; four are housed in the museum.

The black Starlyte Rifle, created by Worlds of Wonder, is the only prototype known to exist. Worlds of Wonder Lazer Tag sold more than 1 million toys, making laser tag a household name.

Battlefield Sports donated the prototype for its first system, called “The Berzerker,” that was hand-carved out of wood. Future editions were developed in hard plastic and metal.