Lonely Planet Writer

See architectural wonders built out of LEGO at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

The Golden Gate Bridge or the Colosseum in Rome are impressive sights to see in person – but their replicas built entirely out of LEGO are almost as amazing as the real thing.

The Roman Colosseum is one of more than a dozen structures in Brick by Brick.
The Roman Colosseum is one of more than a dozen structures in Brick by Brick. Image by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

A new 7000-square-foot exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago features more than a dozen giant LEGO 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”.

A 60-feet-long Golden Gate Bridge, complete with 64,500 bricks total, is featured in Brick by Brick.
A 60-feet-long Golden Gate Bridge, complete with 64,500 bricks total, is featured in Brick by Brick. Image by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The pieces were constructed by someone with what many would consider an absolute dream job – LEGO certified professional Adam Reed Tucker, of Chicago. He is one of only 14 LEGO professionals in the world and spent hundreds of hours building the pieces, which can contain as many as 64,000 bricks.

Adam Reed Tucker built a LEGO® model of the Museum of Science and Industry as its original building: the Palace of Fine Arts.
Adam Reed Tucker built a LEGO® model of the Museum of Science and Industry as its original building: the Palace of Fine Arts. Image by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

If just looking at LEGO isn’t enough for you, kids and adults alike will also be able to build their own creations, as well as build and test structures to withstand simulated earthquakes and heavy wind, and use simple machines and engineering to lift up their friends.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and most intact Wonder of the Ancient World. The LEGO® model took 50 hours of designing and 45 hours of building.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and most intact Wonder of the Ancient World. The LEGO® model took 50 hours of designing and 45 hours of building. Image by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

There will be time-lapse footage showing how real and LEGO-based architectural creations are built. There will also be “futuristic LEGO structures, constructed by global architecture firms, in response to predicted challenges our cities will face—including rising populations, climate change, water scarcity and more”.