You’ve bought them, seen the animated movie, and most likely stepped on them around the house, but experience Lego’s full potential at “Brick by Brick.”
Watch your feet as you experience 7,000 square feet of Legos at the Museum of Science and Industry. Examine the 13 models based on real-world buildings and landmarks, build your own structures, test your structures with the elements, and more at this interactive exhibit.
The most impressive aspect of the exhibit are the structures created by Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker. Tucker is only one of 14 Lego Certified Professionals and also helped create the Lego Architecture sets with the company. You’ll be familiar with the sets if you’ve visited Skydeck and seen the Willis Tower set. One World Trade Center, Burj Khalifa, Golden Gate Bridge, International Space Station, and Roman Colosseum are just some of the architectural and engineering marvels you’ll experience in Lego form. Seeing these structures in this format only reaffirms how much talent it took to make them. Like the original, the Lego version of The Gateway Arch is self supporting even without the top section. Also, the 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge took 260 hours to build and could only be fully set up in the exhibit space because of the length.
Seeing the structures only make you want to get your hands on some Legos and see what you can do. At the exhibit there is an open build area to build your own structures. There is also a tremor table and a wind tunnel to see how your structures stand up to the elements. You can even walk on an I-beam to feel the sturdiness. All these activities sound great for kids but don’t be surprised to see some adults partake in them.
“Brick by Brick” at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., closes in February. To see the exhibit you need to purchase an additional ticket for a timed entry. For more information visit msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/brick-by-brick.