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 display covers 49,000 square feet. It includes scale models of structures, cities and landscapes. These include the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt and China's Forbidden City. In addition, it includes 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. The one of Grand Central 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. In it, trees are ablaze with autumn colors next to a snowy mountain.
 
The attraction is named for the 18th-century novel "Gulliver's Travels."  The story is about a man shipwrecked on an island. It is 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, you can see the Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
 
Gulliver's Gate has a surprisingly old-school feel. It is 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. These include 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. That is 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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COMMENTS (11)
  • ahnad-orv
    4/12/2017 - 04:09 p.m.

    That is cool. I think that would be a good way to determine where you want to travel, you would be able to look at the landmarks and narrow it down to the ones that you want to see the most.

  • maddiem3-har
    4/13/2017 - 01:34 p.m.

    The attraction (Gulliver's Gate) will keep up to date so that people will come back and see new things. Some exhibits available today are the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, etc. I wonder what the next exhibit will be?

  • emmah11-har
    4/13/2017 - 01:43 p.m.

    The attraction will be “kept up to date” to have all of the famous landmarks or places of today, to be in Gulliver’s Gate. In paragraph 6, Beth J. Harpaz, author of “See 100 landmarks under one roof”, states, “...the exhibit will be tweaked periodically. That is 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”. This quote proves that the exhibits will change from time to time because of new popular attractions added around the world.

  • brycew-orv
    4/14/2017 - 02:53 p.m.

    I agree with you Ahna I think that's your, but yah it gives you a better understanding of, if you to travel you know where to go. Or you can have a variety of options, so like a back destination. And it can help you learn new places.

  • graceb2-har
    4/16/2017 - 12:06 p.m.

    The attraction will be kept "up to date" because the people who made it want all of the miniature scenes to be show what is happening in the world right now. If the scenes weren't "up to date", then some of the scenes wouldn't be realistic for things that are happening right now.

  • nylao-orv
    4/19/2017 - 11:39 a.m.

    That is cool. I think that would be a good way to determine where you want to travel, you would be able to look at the landmarks and narrow it down to the ones that you want to see the most.

  • jonnys-ver
    4/21/2017 - 03:25 p.m.

    I found it fascinating how they make small replicas of famous monuments around the world and display them in this place. I found iteresting how big the museum is, over 49,000 square feet. I find it cool how they keep it up to date and add more sculptures to the museum. I think the cost to get in is a little high but think it would be worth it to see the smaller version of the monuments from all over the world.

  • kasha-bla
    4/28/2017 - 12:12 p.m.

    I think the attraction will be kept "up to date" because there is still a lot of attractions being built today. "The NFL Experience Times Square will showcase pro football when it opens in November." That sentence tells me that they will keep it up to date. I really liked this article and I personally would like to go see it.

  • casonc-lew
    9/29/2017 - 01:10 p.m.

    I personally thought how the peole who made this had to have extreme focus every second of making it because, 1 person could accidently knock a building/monument over and they would have to recreate it again. Also to keep it
    "up to date" if one brick fell out of any structure would they have to recreate the whole monument? I think its cool that they can make all of that and expand every time something changes with ony 49,000 square feet to work with.

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