"The Barmecide Feast" by Simon Birch
Museum in Washington, DC

2001: A Space Odyssey Immersive Art Exhibit

The Barmecide Feast by Simon Birch

Enter an iconic scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey (and snap the perfect picture). 

Immerse yourself in “The Barmecide Feast,” a fully realized, full-scale reflection of the iconic, neo-classical hotel room from the penultimate scene of Stanley Kubrick’s and Arthur C. Clarke’s landmark film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This temporary exhibit is the centerpiece of the Museum's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This exhibition is now closed.



Get Tickets

Access to the installation is free, but timed tickets are required. Tickets are distributed in 30 minute windows. Daily timed-tickets must be reserved in advance and will be released every two weeks.


  • Tickets for April 8 - 21 can be reserved starting April 4
  • Tickets for April 22 - May 5 can be reserved starting April 18
  • Tickets for May 6 - May 19 can be reserved starting May 2
  • Tickets for May 20 - May 28 can be reserved starting May 16

What to Expect

  • Groups of six will be allowed in the room for two minutes to experience the surreal environment depicted in the film.
  • Guests to the room will be asked to wear protective shoe coverings provided by the Museum—please plan accordingly.

  • Arrive at the start of your entry time and line up with others in your time group—late arrivals are not guaranteed entry.

  • Photography is encouraged—share your snaps at #2001DC and #airandspace.

About the Artwork

“The Barmecide Feast” was conceived by Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch, and built with help from Paul Kember of KplusK Associates architectural firm. Two of Kember’s uncles worked as draftsmen on 2001, designing and drawing the painstakingly detailed original set.

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