The New Jersey Hall of Fame said Tuesday that construction has begun on its 10,000-square-foot custom space that will come to the American Dream, featuring highly immersive exhibits and experiences to celebrate the Garden State, as well as Hall of Famers from New Jersey. Fame.
The new Entertainment and Learning Center will be located on the third floor of the Meadowlands entertainment, shopping and dining destination, and is expected to be completed by spring 2023.
“American Dream is packed with attractions, shops and restaurants that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, let alone in the state. It truly is a source of pride for the great state of New Jersey and therefore it is only fitting that the NJHOF open its Center for Entertainment and Learning here. It will complement our exceptional entertainment, shopping and dining options, making American Dream an unmatched destination for indoor family fun,” said Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream, in a statement.
“American Dream is a one-of-a-kind destination and a New Jersey icon, making it the ideal location for our state-of-the-art facility. The Entertainment and Learning Center will be one of the ultimate symbols of Jersey pride, where we can celebrate our great state and all the contributions made by its illustrious residents,” said Hall of Fame President and inductee Jon Hanson.
Visitors will first be greeted by life-size replicas of NJHOF members who will welcome them to the ELC, before proceeding to the hometown exhibit, where they can embark on a virtual reality ride in a classic car with a member of the Hall of Fame, visiting their places of origin, school, home and favorite restaurant.
“We are thrilled to see this project launch and support the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s mission to honor our great state and its exceptional citizens who have contributed so much to the world,” Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, primary sponsor of the NJHOF, he stated.
The new facility will also feature the historic Ford Model T automobile, gifted by Henry Ford to Hall of Famer Thomas Edison in 1933. The two embarked on road trips across the country in the Model T and became great friends on the road.
Additionally, guests can also take to the hologram karaoke stage and sing along with some of music’s biggest legends, like Gloria Gaynor and Frankie Valli, or play a late-night host and interview some of their favorite stars.