The best-selling video game of all time is going on a several-years-long world tour, and it’s starting right here in Jersey, at the Liberty Science Center.
Minecraft will celebrate over a decade of success with this new traveling exhibition, aptly titled Minecraft: The Exhibition, which makes its debut at LSC in Jersey City on February 18.
Billed as a 6,000-square-foot “multimedia experience designed for players and non-players of all ages,” the exhibition allows visitors to step inside the three-dimensional world of Minecraft. Fans can immerse themselves in the game’s blocky scenes while surrounded by 15 life-size Minecraft characters, or “mobs,” including the explosive Creeper, Steve, Enderman and Zombie. Those who are unfamiliar with Minecraft can learn how to play and build their own worlds at the exhibit’s gaming stations. A crafting table lets players use tiles that represent materials from the game—such as wood, iron, and obsidian—to build their own objects and tools.
The exhibition also features films detailing Minecraft’s history.
Unlike other games, Minecraft does not have a plot or objectives. Rather, it is about creativity and exploration of an open world. Players can build and roam as they please, making the game’s exhibition a welcome addition at the 300,000-square-foot Liberty Science Center—where almost everything is interactive.
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“What I love about Minecraft is that it has inspired a generation of creative thinkers, while teaching engineering, chemistry, computer science, and other science and math-related skills, as well as collaboration and community-building,” Liberty Science Center President and CEO Paul Hoffman said in a statement. “We are super excited to be the first stop on the exhibition’s world tour, and we invite fans and newcomers to join us to celebrate the game’s international community and popularity—while getting a little STEM education in the process.”
The exhibition, designed as a collaboration between Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture and Swedish game developer Mojang, took over four years to build. It was initially meant to mark the 10th anniversary of the game’s public debut in 2009. Minecraft has since sold more than 238 million copies while garnering over 140 million monthly active users.
It will remain at Liberty Science Center—which was recently named one of New Jersey Monthly‘s 52 Things You Must Do in New Jersey—through September before making its way to other U.S. cities and Europe. Tickets at Liberty Science Center can be reserved at LSC.org.
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