Here’s how to travel the whole world without leaving New York City

Gulliver's Gate

Want to travel around the world, but don’t have the time or money to do so? Then Gulliver’s Gate is for you. Located at an exhibition in New York City’s Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate is a miniature world that lets visitors “travel” to any corner of the world that interests them without leaving the building. With over 1,000 miniature trains; over 100 bridges; 10,000 cars and trucks; and over 100,000 people, this incredible display of craftsmanship is built to be 87 times smaller than real life.

The exhibit’s built-to-scale regions include New York City, the Middle East, Europe, Russia, South America and Asia. In total, there are over 25 cities from five continents to explore.

One of the coolest parts of the exhibit is the miniature version of NYC on display. If you’ve ever been to the Big Apple, you know how incredibly crowded it can get at tourist sites, but with this exhibit you can see the best of the city without the hassle.

The miniature NYC features iconic scenes from Grand Central Terminal, the 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, downtown New York, Times Square and the New York Public Library. According to the Gulliver’s Gate website, it took 16 model-makers and 358 days to create the NYC exhibit.

“We challenged our artists to interpret their region, as they see it. The model makers that built New York wanted to create a ‘city of light.’ The skyscrapers are represented as pillars of light — illuminating the brilliance, vibrancy and jaw-dropping height of this great town,” according to the Gulliver’s Gate website. “More than a city of great sights, New York is a city of great people. Our NYC model focuses on the city’s most vital asset — the people that live, visit, and move about town each day, making for some of the most colorful street life on earth.”

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Let’s take a look at what these talented artists and makers came up with!

Here’s a view of the 9/11 memorial in the Financial District:

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Does this Times Square scene look familiar?

This is a bird’s eye view of the New York Public Library:

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Look at how intricately the artists painted Grand Central’s stunning ceiling:

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Interested in checking out Gulliver’s Gate for yourself? The exhibit is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the last entry is one hour before closing. Tickets are available for purchase on the website.

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Chelsea Davis
Chelsea is a freelance journalist based in New York City whose passion revolves around traveling the world, immersing herself in foreign cultures, and of course, eating and drinking everything delicious. She covers all things food, drink and travel and is always up for an adventure, whether that means an adrenaline-pumping excursion or trying a new cuisine. Follow her on Instagram at @cheycheyfromthebay and keep up with her latest work at

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