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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  • 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.

    • Ralph-mar2
      4/19/2017 - 03:05 p.m.

      I agree with you it is very cool bud

  • avad-pla
    4/11/2017 - 09:51 a.m.

    There is a new exhibit opening in New York City which depicts 100 world landmarks in miniature models. The display includes popular scenes from across the globe, including the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt and the Christ the Redeemer statue. The article pays particular attention the expansive details in the models, depicting the colors included to add to the accuracy of the display. Additionally, it touched upon how the exhibit uses a traditional museum set up, only featuring a few video screens. Jason Hackett, the marketing officer, describes the exhibit as “forward-looking and nostalgic,” referring how it displays scenes of current and past events. I think this exhibit will benefit audiences from both past and present generations as they will be able to make connections to pop culture, yet the landmarks will remain the same no matter the age of the individual. I also really like how it included the “Fearless Girl” statue in Manhattan because I feel that the statue is going to turn into a historical landmark.

  • zakrym-ste
    4/11/2017 - 01:43 p.m.

    This is cool because you can see a whole bunch of landmarks. You can see the history of the landmark as well.

    • Amaris-mar1
      4/19/2017 - 12:39 a.m.

      I think that is true because it is cool because you can see a lot of whole bunch marks .

    • Priscilla-mar1
      4/19/2017 - 01:21 p.m.

      I agree with this comment because I think its important that to notice the history of a landmark

    • Ralph-mar2
      4/19/2017 - 03:06 p.m.

      you know you can go on Google and look that up you retard you are so dumb you brain dead

  • angelinac-pay
    4/13/2017 - 02:10 p.m.

    Considering the fact that this museum is not like most new one's with complete technological features, it makes the old-school style of this place to make it a bit more difficult to update quickly. With that along with the fact that the world is a pretty big place with much changing and new additions everyday, this attraction must be kept "up to date" to remain what it wants to be.

  • peytonw-cel
    4/17/2017 - 09:59 a.m.

    These exhibits will be updated when something else is added to it in real life. Another way these could be up to date is kept clean and have people clean these exhibits every once in a while to keep dust off of it. This museum helps to promote civic engagement because it allows people to witness these landmarks and their history, without having to specifically go there. These exhibits will also allow future generations to see what it's like in other countries without having to go there.

  • annakatep-cel
    4/17/2017 - 10:19 a.m.

    This is so interesting! I love how they have all the many aspects that are from around the world. The little details are so interesting and the whole concept is so cool. Its a great way to see the entire world without having to travel anywhere!

  • Adrian-mar1
    4/18/2017 - 11:07 p.m.

    It's about how this place show case many scale models,structure,and cities.it describe the different model that ate display for show.there even a place where you can get your own model of yourself

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