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The Ferrito family, including Michele Ferrito, second from left, dons headgear and other items in preparation to enter a virtual reality experience called "Ghostbusters: Dimension" at Madame Tussauds in New York, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. People who are curious about virtual reality but don’t want to plunk down $1,000 or more on hardware are increasingly getting the chance to test out the medium for a price. From roller coaster rides to baseball games, VR can bring a new level of reality or simply detract from it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Seth Wenig

Madame Tussaud's Ghostbusters.

Experience what it's like to be a Ghostbuster who zaps ghosts.

A $55 ticket gives museum goers entry to the 15-minute VR experience, too (normal admission is about $30). Strap on a "proton pack" — a cleverly hidden VR computer — like Ghostbusters wear in the eponymous movies. Then grab a particle thrower, wear a VR headset and start blasting ghosts.

Up to three people can go through the experience together. Through the headset, your friends become (white, male) avatars of Ghostbusters. A dingy New York apartment is soon teeming with ghosts. Firing your particle thrower wraps a stream of protons around them, just like in the movie. After entering a dim elevator, Slimer rushes toward you, and before you know it, you've been slimed.

And as you and your teammates vanquish the Stay Puft marshmallow man, the smell of burnt marshmallow hangs in the air.

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