Brick Wonders – a world of Lego at Horniman Museum (London)
On the 16th of February, 2019, a new temporary exhibition opened at Horniman Museum and Gardens (London), replacing the “Colour – The Rainbow Revealed” one (which replaced the Robot Zoo one, and so on, as this is what “temporary” means, right?).
Being half-term and having the kids at home last week, we decided to spend an afternoon discovering and enjoying this new exhibition. And we decided for the afternoon because it is less crowded and there is still plenty of time to enjoy it as the museum closes at 5.30pm.
The “Brick Wonders” exhibition invites the visitor to travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Some of the models are small enough to inspire kids to try and build them at home. And some of the models are so impressive, like the coral reef or the walrus (a symbol of Horniman as well)!
I took a lot of photos but there still are a lot of models not included in this post. All the models are beautiful and need to be seen in person, admired from each angle.
As you enter the exhibition, on your left and right there are play areas where you can build whatever you dream of using the classic Lego bricks or try to reproduce a construction from the exhibition (you can always come back to these areas).
And on your
Once you get beyond this point, the Brick Wonders begins, with the Coral Reef on your right and the Walrus on your left, and all the other constructions to follow.
All you can do is be amazed
Can you guess what the next constructions are? You can check if you guessed them right at the end of this post 😉
In the corner opposite the
After this playful break, you can continue to admire some other brick wonders, like the ones in the photos below.
As you might have already noted, the constructions have been built all around the world and represent places and things from all around the world, which also makes this exhibition a great source of information for the kids.
Speaking of Brick Wonders, Horniman is the perfect place to admire the 7 World Wonders entirely made of Lego bricks!
When you exit the world of the 7 wonders, you reach a challenge with the next construction, a challenge my kids really loved: you have to try and guess how many bricks have been used to build the Horniman Museum! And if you get it right, after the exhibition ends, in October, you could win a £50 Lego Gift Card!
Before writing a few useful information and tips, I owe you an answer to my question above: those two constructions were the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China, as seen from above. Did you guess them right? Let me know in the comments below!
Useful information and tips for a great day out at Brick Wonders (Horniman Museum and Gardens, London):
- the exhibition is open until 27th of October, 2019
- tickets are free for members or £5/child, £9/adult, £20/family
- the museum is open daily from 10.00am until 5.30pm
- the museum has facilities, including baby change, and also a cafe
- it’s a bit less crowded in the afternoon, as sometimes in the morning are also school trips there
- the Brick Wonders exhibition, as you’ve seen above, has play areas for kids of all ages
From what you have seen in these photos, which construction is your favourite so far?