Family holidays can be super-fun, but they can also be super-tricky to plan. Especially if you have the almost unattainable dream of trying to please everyone. I say almost because my new goal in life is to show how geeky families CAN have geeky holidays with big geeky smiles on all of their faces. I swear, it can be done with possibilities stretched around the world! Today, I’m looking at LEGO + Dinosaurs + Museums = one nifty location. Welcome to the Jurassic World exhibit at Sydney’s Australian Museum.
I may have a slightly biased opinion on this, but I have it on good authority that geeks do, in fact, love Sydney. It’s a huge sprawling metropolis filled with culture, history, cuisine, and a good splash of geeky references. In the heart of the city, you can find the recently renovated and still impressive Australian Museum.
The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia and the fifth oldest natural history museum in the world. We’re talking animals, fungi, plants, rocks–all of that really old and ridiculously dangerous stuff #Straya is known for (and lots of the cute and interesting stuff too). That also includes dinosaurs. And while there is something for everyone at the Australian Museum, even in our eclectic family, I can always guarantee the dinosaurs are top of the list.
Side note: everyone should have a favorite. Mine is Ankylosaurus. Anyone who says they don’t have a favorite dinosaur is lying. Me and my Ankylosaurus are ready to fight on this.
If you are planning to visit Sydney in 2022, make sure you add this new LEGO exhibit to your sightseeing list! In addition to the permanent dinosaur displays at the Australian Museum, more than 15 LEGO dinosaurs have been added as part of a new exhibition in Australian history. It’s part of the celebrations for the new movie Jurassic World Dominion coming in June 2022.
The special limited exhibition is created by Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught, Australia’s very own certified Brickmaster and the only one in the southern hemisphere. Ryan and his amazing team have designed an immersive experience, filled with interactive surprises and plenty of inspiration for LEGO fans. It’s not just pretty to look at! This amazing exhibit draws you in and shares the adventure with you. And while it may look like it is based on the movies, there are scientific displays to turn science fiction into science FACT! From tracking dinosaurs (and other animals) to studying the inner workings of a genetic engineering research lab, Ryan and his team have made this a geek paradise.
The whole idea behind a LEGO Exhibition at this mega-scale is to inspire! Each of the LEGO dinosaurs is based on how dinosaurs are depicted in Jurassic World Dominion, which also relies on what science thinks dinosaurs look like. Of course, no one was around then to take a selfie, so it’s all theoretical and open to creative license. That’s where the 2.5-million LEGO brick pit comes in. Because it wouldn’t be LEGO if you didn’t have an opportunity to build your own ideas too.
Jurassic World by Brickman is an exclusive limited exhibition presented at the Australian Museum until Friday, May 27, 2022. For ticket and booking details, visit the official website here.
There’s one more special event just for the grown-ups: an exclusive after-hours Masterclass with Brickman himself. If you’re a lover of LEGO, dinosaurs, creative arts, or simply meeting one of the nicest geeks ever, then book yourself in. Ryan will take you on a tour of the exhibition, sharing details from behind the scenes like stories of how they built this and the special techniques they used. He even has a series of LEGO brick challenges to take you through. Ryan is well known for his gift for storytelling and his geeky passions. He is also one of the nicest people you could meet, genuinely interested in sharing his love for LEGO with anyone willing to listen. If you have ever watched an episode of LEGO Masters Australia (as mentioned in our previous article), then you’ve pretty much met Ryan. A Masterclass with him would be just as good, if not better. There are two more sessions available on April 28 and May 26. Tickets and full details are available on the Australian Museum website.
If you can’t make it to Sydney for LEGO Dinosaurs *insert sad T-Rex face*, there is still more to see in Sydney.
At the time of publishing, Sydney is open to tourists with no requirement to quarantine for those fully vaccinated. Always check with the Australian Government websites here before traveling.
No money has been received for any part of this review and article.
Bonus image of Brickman with a Duplo Ankylosaurus because we all know Ankylosaurus is the best.
This post was last modified on March 31, 2022 10:21 am
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