Discover Mercer Labs: A Family Adventure in Art and Technology

By Anu Kapur, Publisher, Lower Manhattan Macaroni KID & Upper West Side Macaroni KID July 9, 2024

Nestled in Lower Manhattan at 21 Dey Street, Mercer Labs, the Museum of Art and Technology, invites families to a revolutionary museum experience. Co-founded by Michael Cayre and Roy Nachum, this museum spans 36,000 square feet and features fifteen exhibition spaces that blend art and technology in captivating ways.

Our Family's Adventure

We recently visited Mercer Labs, and it was nothing short of magical. From the moment we stepped inside, we were transported into a world where art and technology intertwine seamlessly. The kids were in awe as we entered "The Window," a massive circular oculus that serves as a portal to infinite possibilities. It set the stage for the wonders that awaited us inside.

Immersive Experiences for All Ages

One of our favorite exhibits was "The Map," a 5,000-square-foot space with 40-foot ceilings, where 16K laser projections and a revolutionary sound system created an immersive environment. We felt like we were walking through a 360-degree movie theater, with sound and visuals that changed as we moved around. 

The "4D Sound" exhibit was another highlight. Designed by Roy Nachum, it featured omni-directional sound that created vivid spatial sound holograms. The kids enjoyed exploring the space with their eyes closed, experiencing the sound in a unique and personal way.

Interactive Fun and Play

For a more playful experience, we headed to the "Drawing Station," where our children drew Mercer Labs' unique characters on paper. To their delight, their creations came to life in the "Ecosystem," a 3D video space filled with Nachum’s signature crown kids and creatures. This interactive exhibit sparked their creativity and left them excited about art and technology.

Another highlight was "The Game," which was a huge hit! We enjoyed a life-sized chess game with large, movable sculptures and an interactive floor that lit up and played sounds with each step, creating a dynamic and exciting adventure for our whole family.

The "Ball Pond" was another hit, with its iridescent black balls and interactive slide. Our kids explored this tangible digital world, laughing and playing with other children. It was the perfect blend of physical activity and digital interaction.

A Moment of Reflection

Amidst the excitement, we found moments of quiet contemplation in "The Cave" and "Freedom" exhibits. These spaces encouraged mindfulness and introspection, offering a serene contrast to the more dynamic exhibits. It was a beautiful reminder of the balance between technology and the human experience.

Practical Information

For those planning a visit, tickets range from $36 to $52, with discounts for students, seniors, and youth. Family packs and group rates are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Mercer Labs' website or call 212-600-9009.

Mercer Labs, the Museum of Art and Technology, is an interesting destination for families seeking a unique and immersive experience. With its blend of art, technology, and interactive exhibits, it offers something for everyone. Our family spent a couple of hours at the museum. Explore Mercer Labs - you won't be disappointed!