Tiny Scenes, Huge Exhibit
Jonathan Swift wrote about a miniature world, but Gulliver’s Gate actually created one. The largest interactive museum of its kind, it opened last year just off Times Square in New York and features more than 300 built-to-scale scenes from dozens of countries—complete with trains and cars that move, ships that sail, balloons that float, waterfalls that tumble, and airliners that take off and land. In addition to such landmarks as the Great Wall of China and London’s Big Ben, the $40 million, 50,000-square-foot museum offers fantasy displays such as Thor’s Mountain, which flashes blue thunderbolts from a cloud.
Visitors can use a full-body scanner and 3D printer to create miniature versions of themselves to become part of the display and also keep as a souvenir. They can also watch the model makers work, as the exhibit grows daily.