See 100 landmarks under one roof Ricardo Martinez, of Argentina, puts final touches on a cruise ship in the Latin America section of the Gulliver's Gate exhibit, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
See 100 landmarks under one roof
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A new attraction called Gulliver's Gate is opening just off Times Square in New York. It depicts 100 world landmarks in miniature.
 
The indoor 49,000-square-foot display includes scale models of structures, cities and landscapes from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids of Egypt and China's Forbidden City, along with the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Niagara Falls and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue on a hill overlooking the beach.
 
Many of the structures are remarkably detailed, like one of Grand Central that includes the famous New York train terminal's cathedral windows, opalescent clock and zodiac symbols outlined on its green ceiling. Another section of the display shows a New England scene, trees ablaze with autumn colors next to a snowy mountain.
 
The attraction is named for the 18th-century novel "Gulliver's Travels," which told the story of a man shipwrecked on an island inhabited by tiny people. Gulliver's Gate scenes are filled with little toy-like people and vehicles, but the attraction has one other thing in common with "Gulliver's Travels." The book was a satire, and Gulliver's Gate offers a few humorous winks at real-world scenarios and pop culture, like a traffic jam in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a Manhattan scene of mayhem with a body sprawled on the ground near an ambulance with flashing lights. You'll also find graffiti in several different languages and see the Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
 
Gulliver's Gate has a surprisingly old-school feel, more like a traditional museum diorama or model train exhibition than the high-tech, video-driven installations found in many newer attractions these days. There are just a couple of small video screen components along with a few moving parts in each area, including balloons, boats and depictions of a concert in England that will alternate between Adele and the Beatles. Gulliver's Gate chief marketing officer Jason Hackett described the experience as uniquely "forward-looking and nostalgic," with intergenerational appeal.
 
Hackett says the exhibit will be tweaked periodically to keep it up to date. One last-minute addition was a tiny model of the "Fearless Girl" statue that recently appeared in Manhattan's financial district across from the famous charging bull sculpture.
 
Visitors will be able to access an app on their phones to help identify what they're looking at. In addition to the hefty $36 admission ($27 for seniors and kids ages 3 to 12), there are a couple of pricey add-ons. For $44, you can step inside a scanner to create a 3-D model of yourself. The model takes three weeks to complete but you can have it placed in the display alongside the other little people. For $145, you can get the scan, have your tiny model placed in the display and get an action figure-sized model mailed to you.
 
Gulliver's Gate is located on West 44th Street near several Broadway theaters and Carmine's, an Italian restaurant popular with tourists. It's one of several new attractions opening in the Times Square area this year. Opry City Stage, an entertainment complex devoted to country music and Southern culture, opens this summer. The NFL Experience Times Square will showcase pro football when it opens in November. And National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey launches this fall.
 
Gulliver's Gate co-founder Eiran Gazit is behind a similar attraction in Israel that depicts that country's landmarks.

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  • cassidyk-pla
    4/10/2017 - 11:32 a.m.

    This article talks about how Time Square opened up a new attraction where people can see over 100 landmarks around the world in one museum. These structures and landscapes are represented by tiny, detailed models. I think this is a unique way for people to be able to see these attractions without having to travel thousands of miles. That way people can be civilly engaged on a budget. I personally think this would be interesting to see because the article highlighted how much time and detail was put into each model.

    • Daijzia-mar
      4/18/2017 - 11:31 p.m.

      I agree with it, because it does give you the CPR so your able to understand it better. Also your able to understand, the concept to the story.

    • Daijzia-mar
      4/18/2017 - 11:59 p.m.

      The article above " See 100 landmarks under one roof " shows how theres a hundred ( 49,000 square foot ) landmarks. Like the Eiffel tower,Brooklyn Bridge and Nigeria Falls. In some of the buildings depends on what street it was in it would show all the detail like, graffiti screen and snow on the roof. They kept it real old school to make it look real. They are started putting high-tech to it like you could make your own self , but it would cost a lot and take a while for it to be published . Its a really good to have a place like this because people out there may not have the money to go to those places, but this place is able for them to see what they cant afford and will be able to save a lot of money, also be able to feel like they are there.

    • Amaris-mar1
      4/19/2017 - 12:37 a.m.

      C The character was Ricardo Martinez .
      P The problem was that when Haccket says the exhibit will be tweaked periodically to keep it up to date .
      R Gulliver's gate co - founder Eiran Gazit is behind a similar attraction in Isarel that dispicts that country's landmarks.

    • Kelen-mar
      4/19/2017 - 01:20 p.m.

      i agree because it talks about how they made the model of Gulliver Gate, and how they wanted to give the experience to people who want to feel like a giant.

    • Diego-mar1
      4/19/2017 - 02:14 p.m.

      I agree because this can help other people understand places and things.

  • rachelt-pla
    4/10/2017 - 11:42 a.m.

    A 49,000-square-foot museum is now open just off of Times Square in New York City. This museum showcases 100 world landmarks, but the catch is that all of the landmarks are miniature in size. These scale models of various (well-known) structures, cities, and landscapes, include, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Niagara Falls and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue on a hill overlooking the beach. The museum is named Gulliver's Gate after the 18th-century novel "Gulliver's Travels." The novel portrays a man shipwrecked on an island that is inhabited by tiny people. Here at Gulliver's Gate, the museum is filled with tiny toy-like people and vehicles. This museum helps to promote civic engagement because it allows people to witness these landmarks and their history, without having to specifically go there (some people are not able to travel or do not have the money to visit in real life, etc). This can be helpful in teaching young children about these landmarks and hopefully inspire some people to take part in change/action for those landmarks that came about because of situations like that.

  • brettb-pla
    4/11/2017 - 09:04 a.m.

    This is incredibly cool! These designers are incredibly civically and socially engaged. These people are bringing the world to millions of people that would otherwise not be able to see these landmarks.

    I hope this new place makes lots of money, and can continue to house all these cool mini-models. I hope that one day I can visit and get to see these neat landmarks.

    • Adrian-mar1
      4/18/2017 - 11:08 p.m.

      Every thing is true but they don't show for just money,they do it to show there unique models

    • David-mar1
      4/19/2017 - 02:13 p.m.

      indeed it all in place where many people could see these places where never been before

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