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Minecraft: The Exhibition brings gaming to the real world at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture

MoPOP's latest creation takes visitors inside the game experience with immersive displays and activities

SEATTLE — In 2009, Minecraft invited gamers into a whole new world. Ten years later, about 100-million of them are still here.

"They're into it for life," says curator Brooks Peck. "It is a hobby. It is a lifestyle. People can play it in a sort of peaceful, quiet, exploration way. They can play it in a more action-adventure way. Or they can just use it as a building tool."

Minecraft: The Exhibition is a celebration of the game and its community.

Peck says, "A big part of Minecraft is crafting, and we have a real-life crafting table where you can combine raw materials and ingredients."

It's one of the largest exhibits ever presented here at MoPOP. It's also one of the most carefully considered. Planning and creation took four years.

"It's built to travel, so after it's here at MoPOP it'll go on the road to other cities around the country and then do a European tour, as well."

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Covering more than 6,000 square feet, the exhibition features 15 life-sized characters, artwork inspired by the game and, of course, plenty of chances to play for yourself.

"If you've never tried the game, we have spaces where you can try it for the first time and see what it's like."

It's a hands-on, immersive experience that takes you into Minecraft made life-sized.

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Minecraft: The Exhibition opens to the general public on October 19, featuring presentations and family-friendly activities.

It will remain on display at MoPOP through September 2020.

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