Are these the building blocks for museum exhibition success? The Museum of Pop Culture announced Thursday that “Minecraft: The Exhibition” is coming to the Paul Allen-founded institution next month as a celebration of the massively popular video game’s 10th anniversary.
MoPOP is teaming with Mojang, the Swedish game development studio that created “Minecraft” in 2009. Microsoft acquired the franchise and folded it into Xbox Game Studios in 2014 for $2.5 billion. With over 91 million unique “Minecraft” players engaged across all platforms and over 176 million copies sold worldwide, it’s the best-selling video game in history.
The immersive exhibition is designed for players and non-players of all ages and will feature life-size Minecraft creatures, scenic backdrops, a day-night lighting cycle, audio effects, and a gallery score. At over 6,000 square feet, it’s among the most ambitious exhibitions produced by MoPOP.
“Minecraft is not only a game that allows for unlimited creativity and exchange of ideas, it also promotes inclusiveness and equality, which are core to MoPOP’s mission,” Brooks Peck, senior curator of MoPOP, said in a news release.
For those who have played or watched their kids play the game, the exhibition will reportedly make visitors feel as if they have stepped inside the blocky world of “Minecraft.” Scenes, patterns, colors, and textures are informed by actual in-game builds and 15 life-size characters from the game will include Creeper and Enderman.
Visitors can go hands-on at a crafting table to face off against a Minecraft Zombie and game stations will allow players to try the game. Numerous films will feature interviews with the game’s creative team, builders, and community members.
Exhibition tickets go on sale starting Tuesday and it will run for a year at MoPOP. More details here.