Minecraft comes to life at Liberty Science Center

Minecraft comes to life at Liberty Science Center

Friday marked the beginning of a whole new world in Liberty Science Center.

The world-traveling “Minecraft: The Exhibition” will debut at the Jersey City facility and run through September 5. The center is the first stop on a multi-year world tour.

minecraft, the best selling video game of all time, has as its theme “Building a better world with games for change”.

The immersive and experiential exhibition, created by MoPOPthe Museum of Popular Culture, in partnership with Mojang Studiosit was designed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the game’s public debut in 2009.

“It really is the digital world come to life,” said Mary Meluso, director of communications for the Liberty Science Center. “And the children who play it are very excited!”

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Visitors wait in line on the fourth floor of the Liberty Science Center for the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Children touch a life-size character named “Skeleton” from the video game Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center, which will host the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Visitors can see 15 life-size Minecraft characters called “mobs” and several dioramas featuring Minecraft biomes, giant trees, ghosts flying overhead, scrambled chickens, and baby pandas playing in a bamboo forest.

A huge diorama, perfect for taking pictures, includes a Minecraft tree, zombie and wolf.

After pausing to pet a life-size Minecraft Furry Llama, you can even hit a tree. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, and there’s a sign that explains, “In the real world, hitting a tree to collect wood is a terribly bad idea, but you can give it a try here.”

Participants are encouraged to keep hitting a pad on the trunk of a life-size Minecraft tree until a virtual Minecraft block appears on a nearby screen in an activity that merges the terrestrial world with the digital.

Alexa Lentis, 7, of Westfield, was engaged in a non-digital activity at a craft table, using cards representing building materials from the game to make objects and tools with her father Nick and brother Niko, 4½ . When she was asked what she enjoyed about Minecraft, she replied, “I like to create. And I like to build.

Liberty Science Center President and CEO Paul Hoffman said, “What I love about Minecraft is that it has inspired a generation of creative thinkers, while teaching…skills related to science and math, as well as collaboration and community building.

The exhibition features streaming movies, offering an in-depth look at the game’s history, with interviews from the game’s developers and creative team, and notable Minecraft players.

Of course, you can play Minecraft too, in tablet-sized mini versions secured to a wall, or full-size workstations arranged in modules. By doing so, you would be joining 3,654,480 players online playing Minecraft (at the time of this writing).

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Kids play mini-sized versions of the Minecraft video game at the Liberty Science Center, which will host the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center hosts the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Feb. 18, 2022: At the Liberty Science Center, Ethan Bresman, 7, of Hoboken, intensely plays the video game Minecraft in the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

And in case you are one of those people who tend to consider all video games to be child’s play and a waste of time, you should know that Minecraft has a serious side.

At a time when some companies would like to take us out of the real world into their virtual reality. metaverseMinecraft is finding ways for the digital world to positively affect our real world.

The graphics shown in the exhibition highlight powerful examples such as the block by block program that uses the game to engage poor communities in urban planning and encourage their participation in improving their own public spaces.

In Hanoi, Vietnam, a large group of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 16 got together to work with a model created in Minecraft of the Kim Chung commune where they live. The girls used Minecraft to visualize their ideas and work together in teams to build a safer version of your own commune in the game.

“I have been able to contribute to building a community that is more beautiful, safer and friendlier for me and for girls in general, and for the community in general,” Anh, 15, said on her website. “In the workshop we can use the model to make our dreams come true.”

The exhibition, which requires a extra ticket beyond the price of admission, it encompasses more than 6,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the Liberty Science Center.

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Feb. 18, 2022 – At Liberty Science Center, Nick Lentis, right, of Westfield, helps his children Niko, 4 1/2, left, and Alexa, 8, participate in an activity at the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

February 18, 2022: Liberty Science Center hosts the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

Feb. 18, 2022: Visitors pose with life-size characters from the video game Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center, which will host the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages. The characters are Wolf, on the left, and Zombie, on the right.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Minecraft at the Liberty Science Center

February 18, 2022: Liberty Science Center hosts the East Coast premiere of Minecraft: The Exhibition, a 6,000-square-foot space. multimedia experience designed for gamers and non-gamers of all ages.Miguel Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Michael Mancuso can be contacted at mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com

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