If you find yourself in Chicago at any point in the next 11 months, it’s probably worth visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s one of the biggest museums in the world, the permanent home of a whole German submarine, and now it’s playing host to an astounding Lego architecture exhibit called “Brick By Brick,” a hands-on engineering experience.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is 13 recreations of architectural landmarks by Adam Reed Tucker, the creator of Lego’s Architecture product line and one of the world’s 14 Lego master builders (yes, that’s an actual term, not just from the movie). He used about six million bricks total to create such structures as the Great Pyramid of Giza, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Burj Khalifa, the Gateway Arch, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The last of those is actually supported by suspension cables, just like the real-life version.
The exhibit also allows patrons to create their own structures and test them against a variety of challenges, including simulated earthquakes and high winds. You can visit from now until Feb. 17.