Illustration of the Great Hall at the Entertainment and Learning Center
The Garden State will have its own dedicated space where people can learn about, and celebrate, all that is unique to New Jersey.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame has begun construction on its 10,000-sq.-ft. space at American Dream in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It is expected to be complete in Spring 2023.
The Entertainment and Learning Center (ELC) will be located on the third floor of American Dream, right in the middle of the action near Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Dream Works Water Park, and the Toys"R"Us flagship.
The ELC will feature exhibits like the historic Model "T" Ford car gifted by Henry Ford to Hall of Fame inductee Thomas Edison in 1933, and immersive experiences such as the "Fly Me to the Moon" motion simulator to celebrate the Garden State, as well as inductees of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Visitors will be greeted by a life-size replica of NJHOF inductees, before moving onto the Hometown Exhibit, where they can embark on a virtual reality journey in a classic car with a Hall of Fame inductee, visiting their hometowns, school, home, and favorite restaurant.
"It's a place where we can take pride in our Jersey grit; and where we can all, including our children, be inspired to realize our highest and best sense of selves. I couldn't imagine a more fitting home for NJHOF than one of New Jersey's top destinations,” said the Hall’s president Steve Edwards.
Meanwhile, the Great Hall in the ELC will contain the Wall of Fame, composed of artifacts and plaques celebrating each of the more than 200 inductees, as well as Everyday Heroes, focusing on the achievements of New Jersey citizens.
Visitors can also go on the hologram karaoke stage to sing along with New Jersey legends such as Gloria Gaynor and Frankie Valli or play a late-night host and interview some of their favorite stars.
"American Dream is truly a source of pride for the great state of New Jersey, and therefore it's only fitting for the NJHOF to open its Entertainment and Learning Center here," said American Dream CEO Don Ghermezian.