Museum of Science and Industry’s LEGO Exhibit Starting to Click

Brick by Brick preparations (Courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry)

Last month we told you about Brick by Brick, the new Lego-based exhibit coming to the Museum of Science and Industry next month.  Now the nice people down at MSI have sent over a batch of photographs showing the progress putting the exhibition together so far.  Some of the pieces look like they’re going to be huge when completed.

You’ll get a chance to check it out for yourself starting March 10.  Full details follow the picture gallery.



Hands-on exhibit features spectacular creations by LEGO® Certified Professional, Adam Reed Tucker

Explore the power of play at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s temporary exhibit
Brick by Brick, opening March 10, 2016.

This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. These formations will be paired with hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity.

“At the essence of innovation, science and engineering is creativity, and the simple act of ‘play’ is its catalyst,” said Kurt Haunfelner, vice president of exhibits and collections at the Museum of Science and Industry. “This exhibit explores that close relationship, using a very relatable and much-loved toy, the LEGO® brick. We want both kids and adults to come in this exhibit and leave motivated by the idea that play is a powerful thing, and that a new world can come from a single brick.

Throughout the exhibit, guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Exhibit stations and challenges will allow guests to

  •  Build and test structures to withstand earthquakes at the tremor table and heavy winds in
    a wind tunnel.
  •  Walk over a simulated city on a sturdy I-beam to feel its strength.
  •  Collaborate to build a life-sized arch.
  •  Use simple machines and engineering to lift their friends, or themselves!
  •  Build your own LEGO® creation in an open build area.
  •  See how great architectural creations—both real and LEGO- based—have come together
    in fascinating time-lapse footage.
  •  See futuristic LEGO® structures constructed by architecture firms in response to predicted
    challenges our cities will face.
  •  Discover how Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Certified Professional, became inspired to
    pursue architecture and build with the brick.

The exhibit will open March 10, 2016 and will run through early 2017. It will require an additional, timed-entry ticket.

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