“The Art of the Brick” at the Museum of Science and Industry

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“The Art of the Brick” is a captivating collection including over 100 pieces of art made entirely of LEGOs. The Museum of Science and Industry has included two separate exhibit halls filled with these incredible displays. While visitors are encouraged to look, and not touch, the pieces, there is plenty of time at the end for imaginative LEGO play.

The Art of the Brick: MSI’s Newest Special Exhibit

In the first hall, visitors will find replicas of famous masterpieces such as Starry Night by Van Gogh, or Rodin’s The Thinker. The exhibit’s creator, Nathan Sawaya, also includes quite a few larger-than-life original pieces, ending with a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex and a replica of Chicago Artist Hebru Brantley’s “Flyboy”.

The second hall includes even more original and reimagined works, as well as a LEGO infused photography collection. We were very impressed to see beautiful photographs, where items were replaced with LEGO imagery. The attention to detail and creativity in each piece was truly remarkable.

Looking at all of these pieces certainly had us feeling inspired. Luckily, no trip to this exhibit would be complete without some time to play with LEGOs, too. The One Brick Studio invites families use LEGOs as a means to express their emotions. Families were asked to build something representing one of six different emotions, then have their family members guess which one they created.

Free Days at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

MSI offers free days throughout the year for Illinois residents with ID. Dates subject to change, so please check their website before heading to the city. The following dates have been announced for the beginning of 2022:

  • March: 1-2, 7, and 13-14
  • April : 21 and 25
  • May: 2, 4, 9, 17-18
  • June: 1, 14

Advance ticket reservations are no longer required, but you can book tickets online at msichicago.org/tickets to ensure admission. Visit procedures and safety details can be found at msichicago.org/welcome. Note: on Illinois resident free days, admission to most permanent and some temporary exhibits is included. For special exhibits, such as “The Art of the Brick”, an additional fee is charged.

photo courtesy of Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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