Travel The World In A Day Inside This $40-Million Interactive Museum Of Miniatures
Have you always wanted to travel the world but have no time to do it? Or are you a fun of miniature scales and models? Either way, the Gulliver’s Gate miniature museum in New York will be a nice treat for you.
The Gulliver’s Gate opened just last year and offers an astounding 50,000-square-foot display of miniature replica of the world’s most popular cities and landmarks. Imagine the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Manhattan, The Great Wall of China—the world’s most beautiful and majestic landmarks at 1/87th of its original size. Actually, everything is scaled at 1/87th of their size, even the humans and the cars, to help keep things in perspective. So in one space, you see how huge, say, the Eiffel is, when standing next to Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Piazza San Marco in Venice
Old Saybrook Lighthouse in Connecticut
And speaking of perspective, just to give a perspective of what you’re about to see in the museum, Gulliver’s Gate recreated 967 landmarks and buildings, 102 bridges, and 233 stationary and moving cars in 25 cities across 5 different continents. Oh and did we say there are 47 pizzas you can find hidden in the whole museum, as well?
A project of this size was no easy feat to pull off, and took $40 million to build in a span of 16 months. Artists and engineers from the participating cities were commissioned to recreate their own cities, and then the replica were shipped to New York to be assembled.
New York City is the biggest display in the museum, complete with all the major landmarks and minor street corners across the whole city: from the Empire State Building and Central Park, to the Staten Island Ferry Building and the Grand Central Station—complete with moving trains!
Taj Mahal in India
The Asian exhibit was particularly difficult and huge to create, as well, made up of a number of landmarks and landscapes that took 47 modelmakers to finish. The Taj Mahal is particularly astonishing, which can be lit up in different colors depending on the time of the day and the fullness of the moon during the day you’re visiting. Malaysia’s Petronas will be standing tall at the exhibit, right across the Angkor Wat from Cambodia and Japan’s Mount Fuji. And guess what, the 21-km Great Wall of China also stands proudly in the exhibit—although not quite 21 kilometers in size, of course.
Old City of Jerusalem
Other models in the museum include a model of Middle East, containing King David’s Harp, Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, and even an interactive Via Dolorosa built all the way from Jerusalem and shipped to New York. Europe is represented as well in its elaborate display of its natural and man-made wonders, including Zeus in Mount Olympus, Don Quixote standing right next to the Large Hadron Collider, the Aurora Borealis above the Norwegian fjords, and even a nearly five-hundred foot bungee jump next to the Danube Tower, Austria’s tallest structure.
Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns in Russia
And then you have Russia, which took 67 modelmakers to finish, featuring the Volga, Dnieper, Neva and Volkhov rivers, snowmen being built, Olympians competing at the Sochi landscape, and a man walking a bear on a leash on the steps of the Old St. Petersburg Stock Exchange!
And the devil, as they say, are in the details. You lean forward and you’re breath is caught in the amount of detail and effort put in each model, created to the exact specifications of their originals. You see people crowding the classic landmarks beside modern buildings and architectures, lamps flickering, cars moving around, a moose hiding behind a log cabin, people sending mail at the post office, and two Waldos hiding in the New England exhibit. The things to spot and find are endless!
Many aspects of the exhibit are interactive, which can be activated by keys provided to the people entering the museum. You can also revel at the technical genius of the exhibit, as the modelmakers even devised their own GPS system to control the operation of the cars and trains. And before you leave, why not leave a miniature version of yourself to commemorate your visit to Gulliver’s Gate?
Watch the video below to get a peek at this astounding showcase of the world.