We were beyond excited to hear that the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit showcases LEGOs — not just LEGOS but LEGOs and architecture. Brick by Brick features more than a dozen LEGO-built structures, constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Arlington Heights native, Adam Reed Tucker. We happened to see some of Adam’s work earlier at an exhibit at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, and we instantly became fans. (Read our Q&A with Adam here.) Not only will visitors be wowed by these masterpieces, but there are opportunities to learn more about the builder, principles of architecture, and a chance to create your own Lego marvel.
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Highlights of the Brick by Brick exhibit
- Jaw-dropping LEGO replicas of famous buildings all over the world. Some of our favorites include:
- The 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge
- The working American Eagle roller coaster from Six Flags Great America.
- The Roman Colosseum, whose oval structure was designed more than a dozen times to get it right.
- Palace of Fine Arts as it was known back in the day. People now know it as the Museum of Science and Industry.
- St. Louis Gateway Arch. The 8 ft tall model is self-supporting, even without the top sections in place.
- My personal favorite – Cinderella’s Castle. Almost every LEGO building technique in Adam’s repertoire has been used in the castle.
- Learn about principles of architecture. Build and test structures to withstand earthquakes at the tremor table and heavy winds in a wind tunnel, walk on an I-beam to feel how sturdy it is or learn about simple machines by hoisting yourself on a pulley
- Tons of interactive activities.
- Scavenger hunt. Grab a Builder’s Sketchbook and pencil right when you walk in. Fill out the answers then get a prize right before exiting.
- Build a structure and see if it can withstand tremors.
- Race a car down a ramp. Create something on wheels and slide it down the ramp. (Similar to those found at Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.)
- Build your heart out. After looking through, the exhibits, the kids were itching to get their hands on Legos. Thankfully, there are a few places for open build including tables….
- Participate in a design challenge.
Tips to enjoy Brick by Brick
- Timed entry tickets are needed.
- Curious about the entire process? Watch the quick video located towards the beginning of the exhibit to get a feel of how these structures are created.
- Visit the gift shop for cool LEGO gifts.
- Take your time. Just know it was almost impossible to tear the kids away from the exhibit.
When: Open now until February 20, 2017
Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Cost: Brick by Brick is not included in Museum Entry and requires an additional timed-entry ticket: $9 for adults and $7 for kids ages 3-11, available in Explorer ticket packages.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the exhibit to anybody. Quite honestly, this exhibit may have been our family’s favorite exhibit from the Museum of Science and Industry so far. The kids really dug the interactive parts, while we (parents) enjoyed gawking at all the spectacular replicas. In fact, don’t be surprised if you spend the majority of your museum visit here.
Did you know?
The structures aren’t held together with glue.
Giveaway Nitty Gritty
Are you itching to see Brick by Brick? Well, here’s your chance to win a family four-pack to see the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Contest ends Tuesday, April 5th at 12:00 a.m.
Read more about Adam with an exclusive Q&A.
Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to the Museum of Science and Industry. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.