Exhibition launch lays building blocks for successful start to 2016 for Bury museum
A Bury St Edmunds museum has laid the building blocks for a successful start to 2016 after hundreds of people flocked to a major LEGO exhibition.
Approximately 750 to 800 visitors descended on Moyse’s Hall Museum, on Cornhill, for ‘Brick City’ which features 60 scale replicas of famous buildings and landmarks from five continents.
Among the highlights are a 180,000 scale replica of St Pancras International Railway Station, The Olympic Stadium, Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, Rome’s Trevi Fountain and L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Alex McWhirter, heritage officer at Moyse’s Hall, said: “The winning thing for us is that straight back after Christmas people are usually reluctant to dig into their wallet and it’s cold so to get 800 people across the threshold is brilliant.”
Other attractions include LEGO brick street scenes from the Rio Carnival in Brazil, a Thanks Giving Parade in New York, a royal wedding scene at Buckingham Palace, a Mona Lisa and penguins on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
Moyses’s Hall, which features a range of architectural styles dating back to 12th Century, will itself be recreated in LEGO by independent LEGO builder, Rhys Knight, from Farnham, Surrey.
Mr Knight has also been commissioned to build a replica of the 14th Century Abbey Gate.
During the exhibition, which runs until April 24, the museum will provide exhibition tours, as well holding a series of themed workshops for schoolchildren and groups.
The museum has also linked up with Stowmarket-based company: Brickologists, Young Enginers, for a series of host LEGO-based events and activities including the Great Bury Brick Off - a public LEGO building competition and LEGO brick fun days at the Apex.
Brick City is the work of internationally renowned LEGO artist Warren Elsmore and has so far visited 10 locations in the UK since its launch in 2013. It is also the first time Moyse’s Hall has linked up with the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG).
Opening the exhibition, Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council portfolio holder for leisure and culture, added: “It is wonderful to have the exhibition, its first visit to East Anglia, here in Bury. It got off to a great start at the weekend with visitors from all over the region enjoying both seeing the amazing exhibition itself and making LEGO brick models themselves.”