MoPops World-Premiere Exhibit ‘Minecraft The Exhibition’ Delivers for Fans
Editor's note: MoPop has reopened, including its world-premiere Minecraft exhibition. We published this review of the exhibit back in , so bear in mind that not all of this info from the "before times" will apply now, but it's still worth a visit with your Minecraft fans!
Ten years ago, a Swedish programmer named Markus Persson created a sandbox video game (in just six days) and called it Minecraft. Based on a simple 3-D grid and blocking system, the premise of the game was that the act of placing and breaking blocks of all kinds of materials could unleash infinite creative expression.
Within five years, Minecraft had become wildly popular and was purchased by Microsoft for billions. In it became the world’s bestselling video game.
Also 10 years ago, my son was born. It took a few years before he was introduced to the block-building video game — but once he discovered its crafting tables, minecarts, mobs, skeletons and Nether portals, he quickly became a superfan, especially of survival mode.
In honor of my son and the game's shared ten years of existence, I took him and a friend to “Minecraft The Exhibition,” the new exhibit at MoPop, which opened on Oct. 19 and runs through Sept. 7,
Covering 6, square feet on the third floor of the museum, the world-premiere exhibit is designed to immerse visitors in the square, colorful world of Minecraft: an IRL version of the world that kids are used to accessing via controller and screen.
The opening room charms right away: You can sit on a blocky Minecraft bed that all gamers will immediately recognize and watch an intro video that interviews top developers and execs about the awesomeness of Minecraft. As a “noob” myself (I know the basics from playing with my son, but am skilled only at falling off cliffs), I appreciated the context for why the game, described as the “ultimate sandbox,” has such a grip on kids (and adults).
The exhibit continues, with torches lighting the way and backed by a soundtrack of that strangely calming Minecraft music. Kids can pose next to a variety of fuzzy, full-scale characters, including a panda and a llama, and explore dioramas (some walk-in size) of Minecraft scenes such as the Nether, complete with fire and lava. Minecraft paintings grace the walls. Even the carpet is in blocks.
Throughout, displays and videos chronicle and celebrate the creation and growth of the Minecraft world, focusing on topics such as a Minecraft in education and how Minecraft is being used to create a better world.
Price of admission
It’s all interesting, but is it enough to make it worth the not-small price of MoPop admission plus special exhibit charge on top?
We were welcomed to the exhibit with these four magic words: “You can touch everything.” But, frustratingly, there wasn’t that much to touch, especially for little littles who haven’t yet gotten their hands on a controller.
There was a real-life crafting table where kids could play with materials. More entertainingly, a station lets visitors punch a Minecraft “tree,” complete with sound effects, to release wood. But those opportunities were few and fairly busy.
The highlight of the exhibit for most will be the huge multi-station gaming room, with several four-station hubs with themes such as Amazing Builds and mini games. My son and his friend immediately gravitated towards the “Try Minecraft” hub, where they built a shared world and started playing. One downside: At least three out of 12 or so stations were not working during our Saturday visit. But despite this, the wait was not long.
The boys spent a good 30 minutes, headphones on, enthusiastically creating and moving around, while shouting directives at each other like “kill yourself so you can teleport next to me!” and “I need wood!”
In other words, they were doing what they loved best about Minecraft: playing the game. Which brings up an obvious question: Is it worth shelling out over $ for a family of four to go to an exhibit whose biggest draw for children might be the activity they can presumably do at home?
That depends on the kid and the family. While the kids I brought were drawn to playing Minecraft over reading about it, other grown-ups and kids alike were enjoying learning about the history of the game. Displays explain how it’s being used in surprising ways and the influence the game’s passionate users have had on it.
A friend who visited the exhibit with her son on a different day told me her son liked playing Minecraft on different platforms: Xbox, PC and tablet, all available at the exhibit. At home, she said, he plays only on an older-model Xbox.
I appreciated learning about how Minecraft has been used to get community input for urban design efforts (teenage girls in Hanoi came up with ideas for safer streets, for example), the magic of redstone (it can be used for all kinds of mechanical contraptions); and about how many now-standard Minecraft elements were originally suggested by the “modding” community.
If you’re a Minecrafting family and/or are already members of MoPop, the exhibit is an obvious must-visit (it’s an extra $6 for members). If you’re on the fence, you can try to reserve a museum pass through The Seattle Public Library, which will give free admission to four people (though you'll still have to pay the special exhibit fee of $6 for adults).
Otherwise, consider whether your family will want to go deep on the history, culture and community of Minecraft, and how much interest they’ll have in other exhibits on at the museum: Currently, you can find everything from science fiction and fantasy to horror and Hendrix. School-age and older kids love the Indie Game Revolution area and the Sound Lab, both totally hands-on.
If you go …
What: “Minecraft The Exhibition” is on display now through Sept. 7,
Where:MoPop, the latest short-hand for the renamed museum (now called the Museum of Pop Culture; formerly EMP and other names), is located on the east side of Seattle Center. The entrance is nearest the corner of 5th Avenue N. and Harrison Street.
Cost: Admission to the museum and the Minecraft exhibit is $36 per adult; $31 per student with I.D.; $19 per child ages 5–12; and ages 4 and under are free. Save $2 booking online. (Regular museum admission without Minecraft entry is $19–$28; ages 4 and under free).
Membership: Do your math: An annual family membership is $ Adult members pay $6 to enter the Minecraft special exhibit; youth members ages 5–17 enter free.
While you’re at MoPop: Other exhibits to explore include the terrific Prince From Minneapolis exhibit (leave your kids at the Indie Game Revolution exhibit across the way) and, for brave souls, Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. And don’t miss some climb time at the fantastic and not-for-the-scared-of-heights Artists at Play playground, just west of MoPop.
Snack time: The Armory (or Center House, for old-timers) holds a bevy of eateries.
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The Mob Museum is a collection and display area for all of the obtainable and maintainable mobs and items available on the server, as well as server memorabilia, player-written books of interest, and various town maps, created by WhimsyBridges.
Appropriately nicknamed "Labyrinth ", the museum is a multi-level underground complex that extends from the Somewhere Main portal where it can be accessed all the way to the wither rose farm west of town. As of June 11, every passive and aggressive mob in version which does not despawn when named (excluding the Ender Dragon and Elder Guardians) is featured in a variety of display cases or left free to roam the museum. This also includes a ghast, guardian, live shulker, blaze, all of the pillager raid mob types, and a wither named "Welcome to Somewhere".
More recently the museum has expanded to include various sentimental or historical items from around the server, including the Thanos armour from the End Puzzle event, now-unobtainable legacy armour, prizes from the detailing contests, an original lore token from the End Opening in October , and a small collection of curse of binding pumpkins with charming names such as "peepeepoopoo". In addition, various books have been gathered from around the server, such as the NotDublin constitution, RT's Diary, and the infamous Theadonn's Gravel Love Story fanfic by WolfSlayr.
Other points of interest in the Museum (aka WhimsyBridge's massive 23k claim block base) include a bedrock-to-sealevel mansion with a night sky and constellations, several themed animal rooms spread around the base, definitely not a nuclear reactor, a water tunnel tag room, and a gift shop.
There is also an All Items room, which displays every object available in survival mode. Including an additional bonus Barrier block, Command block, Chain command block and Repeating command block spawned in by Jim.
Building credits: WolfSlayr, MrSergeant, TeamWinFTW, and Elvenone, among many others.
Shelly the I,II and III
The end bridge event started when WhimsyBridges offered two stacks of diamond blocks for a shulker to be split amongst a group of volunteers. Several players immediately jumped on the idea and got to work researching how the expedition could be pulled off.
On March 26 a group of people (mainly consisting of Theadonn, Stephanovietch, albuq, TeamWinFTW, WolfKnightSlayer, tysonpickel and djhojka) started constructing a bridge in the end leading from the blue gateways. After 6 hours of bridging, an end city was found with one shulker left. Shelly was put into a boat, and the ice for the highway was placed as the group progressed back to the main island. the journey back took about 30 minutes, at which point the group tried developing a plan to get Shelly to the overworld.
The plan was to place buttons everywhere, hit Shelly, have her get onto the bedrock pillar of the end portal, then either boat or minecart her in. After an hour of trying this the group finally got Shelly into the portal, with someone waiting at spawn to see if she ended up there. It was realized too late that entities were prevented from passing through the portal, and Shelly ended up trapped in the portal in a minecart. After seeing some images of end hub covered in buttons and rails, ValentinT and SierraStorms came online to investigate. Because Shelley was completely stuck and was pinging the server console with errors, ValentinT killed Shelley and SierraStorms respawned Shelly II on the end-side of the portal, where she was later moved to a safe location. The next day Katuen spawned one more Shelly just outside the spawn portal, where it was boated to the museum and dropped into its display case through the floor of Labyrinth 1. This was one of Whimsy's most highly paid jobs, with most of the helpers receiving 40 diamond blocks and a number of sponges each. All told, the expedition took over 8 hours of bridging, buttoning, transporting, and cleanup.
Later in the week some madlads decided to complete the highway they had started, and spent three long days constructing a 16k x 16k full ice bridge to the end and then to the blue/purple border corner, where a small town was founded. Credits to albuq, cRzOrCho, Drolnogard, Theadonn, Mattwd, Stefanovietch, and WolfSlayr.
Notable Mob Mentions
Due to both the varied nature of mobs and the unfortunate lack of foresight in making the museum entirely underwater, there have been some interesting challenges in filling the museum. Most mobs were brought in via a 2x2 drop into a pool of water accessible in the Somewhere harbor, but some have had to be dropped in directly to their cages with sponged out tunnels into the reactor room or through the floor of Labyrinth 1.
Bat (Captured by Whimsy)
Caught on the opposite side of the base in the purple hallways behind the kitchen, was transported over with an enclosed dirt tunnel and blocked off the path bit by bit all the way to its final cage.
Blaze (Captured by albuq)
The blaze in the case is attempt #9, as the others were killed by suffocation, Thorns armor, rain, or chunk loading before making it to the museum.
Dolphin (Later despawned)
There had not been plans to capture a dolphin because of despawning issues, but one day as Whimsy was sorting supplies a dolphin made it through the water door and dropped all the way into the base on its own. It was quickly transported to the museum aquarium, where a screenshot was taken for the archive before it eventually despawned and definitely didn't suffocate because Whimsy didn't think to look up dolphin information on the wiki beforehand.
Ghast (Captured by Drolnogard, LarryLarrington, fuyuuuuuwu, and Whimsy)
Method of transport: used fishing rods to pull it into a mine cart in the nether, made a large portal in the overworld and enclosed it in blocks for the transition between carts, then constructed a rail from the Somewhere harbor to Labyrinth 1 and dropped it through the floor directly into its display case.
Guardians (Captured by LoadXBare)
With what might be a record farm-to-cage transport time of 7 minutes, LoadXBare contributed not one, but eleven guardians to the museum, because when you ask the masses for mob names and get 11 answers, the proper way to choose one is to just get 11 mobs. One guardian was donated by ClassyBulb, who accidentally killed one while its cage was being constructed. "I appreciate the mobs in the museum about % more now, because Jesus it took like an hour to get the guardian there" -ClassyBulb
Jonas_00_ (Captured by himself)
Jonas has twice become a feature of the museum by falling into the ravager drop chute on the far side of Labyrinth 1, though he has unfortunately managed to escape both times. Maybe some day
Phantom (Captured by Whimsy)
The current phantom in the museum is attempt #2, as the first capture was viciously attacked by foxes. The capture process was to make a carpet of boats in the water outside the museum, then dive underneath them as phantoms attacked. The phantom would be trapped in the boat
Ravager (Captured by albuq, Larry Larrington, Mattwd, and Stefanovietch)
By the time Larry the Ravager was transported over land and water from the Waffleville village to a drop pit behind Labyrinth 1 that led into the reactor room, it had racked up a kill count of 4 players, making it the single deadliest mob in the museum. From the reactor room it was led across the museum into its current cage.
Judith the Iron Golem has slain approximately 6 museum mobs mid-transport, including 3 vindicators and at least one evoker. Judith currently has her hands full with the slimes that spawn around the museum.
Silverfishand Stray (Captured by albuq, Drolnogard, and Whimsy)
Since silverfish only spawn in strongholds and igloos (not the type found in villages), a group was dispatched to locate an igloo in one of the northeast snow biomes. After finding one and confirming that silverfish would indeed spawn there, albuq and Whimsy built a water elevator to bring the mob to the surface and constructed a portal nearby that ended up only 20 blocks from a main ice highway. While transporting the silverfish, a stray and a black and white rabbit were captured and brought to the museum as well.
ValentinT (Captured by Drolnogard, LarryLarrington, and Whimsy)
The ValentinT was discovered in the nether hub shops by Larry and Drolnogard. Perceived to be frozen due to hopper performance, the ValentinT was pushed bit by bit all the way to the Somewhere portal and dropped down the mob chute. It was nearly in its display case when it suddenly sprung to life, but with a concerted effort the ValentinT was successfully added to the exhibit. It sadly despawned later leaving a pillager banner and a sign in its place.
Wandering Trader (Captured by WolfSlayr)
He's definitely still in there
Witch (Captured by Mattwd)
Moments after obtaining an Efficiency V trade, a lightning strike promptly executed Mattwd's prize librarian and turned it into an AI-less witch. Fortunately Whimsy wanted a witch so Mattwd dug a several hundred block nether tunnel all the way to Somewhere. Unfortunately AI-less witches are prevented from going through portals, so the plan was scrapped. Luckily a normal witch happened to spawn nearby, and after many, many milk buckets and about 45 minutes of netherrack sailing the witch was delivered to the museum. You can still visit the borked 0 AI witch today at ,
Entrance to the Artifact and Map Rooms
Jim's Donations to the Museum
More Maps and Mini Yggdrasil
Finale of the Shelley Expedition
Ghast Transport to the Museum
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THIS EXHIBITION IS NOW CLOSED
Let’s build a better world, together.
THIS EXHIBITION IS NOW CLOSED
Packed full of immersive activities, photo ops, arcade play and more.
The immersive exhibition brings the virtual landscape of Minecraft to life through full-scale creatures, scenic backdrops, a day-night lighting cycle, dynamic audio effects, and a gallery score designed for players and non-players of all ages.
Created in partnership with Mojang, the exhibition celebrates the game’s 10th anniversary by exploring how Minecraft has developed into a platform for unlimited creative expression, community-crafting, and inspiration to build a better world outside of the game.
ClosED AS OF APRIL 18,
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- Costumes must fit through a single doorway (less than inches tall X inches wide)
- Costumes cannot include: pyrotechnics, fire, smoke, steam, fog, helium balloons, et cetera and are subject to MoPOP building policies
- No nudity, lewd, or offensive costumes
- No full or partial body paint in place of clothing. Photo identification may be required for guests with face concealing paint.
- Masks are acceptable in the museum, but must be taken off while inside the galleries.
- Functional weapons are strictly prohibited
- Costume weapons must be inspected at the security station located at the museum entrance’s (**internal note – Sky Church Ticketing and Main Ticketing post will be conducting these checks. Security will provide tags for approved weapons**) and must conform to state and federal law. Costume weapons will be tagged with a wristband after security's inspection.
- Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable
- Costume swords must be tied to the costume so that they cannot be drawn.
- Individuals not willing to have their costume weapons inspected or tagged, or are not willing to comply with the above, will be asked to leave the premises
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