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You can help recreate the British Museum in Minecraft

James Temperton
23 Sep 2014
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Blueprints and high-resolution photos will be used to build exact replica of British Museum in Minecraft

The British Museum is being recreated in Minecraft with an army of online volunteers using high-resolution images and blueprints to build an exact replica. Museum staff took to popular internet forum Reddit to find people keen to get involved in the Minecraft project.

The Minecraft build forms part of the 'Museum of the Future' project which hopes to get more people around the world "engaged" with the British Museum.

"Anyone interested in the museum, the collection or even just a big Minecraft project is more than welcome," a British Museum employee explained on Reddit. A couple of builds will take place in the museum itself to promote the project but the majority of work will be done by an army of volunteers in their spare time.

"The wider Museum of the Future project that I'm working on is trying to engage with as many people from around the world who are interested in the museum as possible - which is why I want to do a public Minecraft build," the British Museum employee promoting the project on Reddit explained.

Minecraft, which is owned by Microsoft after its shock $2.5bn purchase of creator Mojang, is one of the most succesfull games of all time. To date it has sold over 50 million copies on all platforms.

One of the most famous museums in the world, the British Museum was founded in 1753. It is the UK's most popular attraction, with almost six million visitors each year. It holds eight million objects, around 80,000 of which are on display at any given time.

The Great Court, a vast space that links the different wings of the museum together, is the largest covered public space in Europe.

People of all ages and abilities are invited to get involved in the Minecraft build, with more details available on Reddit.

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