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Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught is the must-see exhibition for LEGO lovers big and small these school holidays.

brick man lego

For the first time ever Ryan “Brick Man” McNaught, one of only twelve LEGO Certified Professionals in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, is exhibiting his remarkable collection of over 50 original LEGO works inside Crown Conference Centre. We were invited to review the exhibition as a family.

brick man lego

brick man lego

Check out the intricate details of the Love Boat made of 250,000 bricks and Sydney Opera House (with a Lego Peter Allen performing!), marvel at the scale model of the 4m long rescue helicopter and visit landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Rome’s Colosseum.

brick man lego

brick man lego

Other LEGO Certified professionals have contributed displays too, with a “Transport” theme.

brick man lego

Being a bike lover and an ex-Londoner I particularly liked the New York bike share Citibike overshadowing all the tiny yellow taxis and the red Routemaster.

brick man lego

Lady AB was particularly star-struck to meet the stars of The Lego Movie :–)

brick man lego

The technical skill and funny little in-jokes within the displays is quite incredible and there is lots of behind-the-scenes information including preparatory drawings and factoids. As such, I think the exhibition is best suited for kids 6+ who are more likely to appreciate the work and detail of the displays…

brick man lego

…as opposed to our kids (2yo and 4yo) who loved the hands-on LEGO play the best (and paying $99 for a family ticket to play with LEGO which they could do at home doesn’t seem good value for money!). In the ‘Master Builder in Training’ area kids and adults alike rifled through troughs of Lego to build and display their creations.

brick man lego

It was amazing to watch the focussed attention by all these little builders and Lady AB was so proud of her yellow house that she insisted it be put on the highest shelf in the display cabinet.

brick man lego

Everyone can also contribute to two Lego mosaics by building a tile and adding it to the picture.

brick man lego

The exhibition spans three rooms and at the end of the displays there’s a small colouring-in and craft area for toddlers.

HOT Tips:

  • Bookings are essential. Tickets via brickmanexperience.com.au.
  • Try and see all the exhibits before you head to the LEGO play area…otherwise you’ll never get the kids away!
  • There are 3 rooms of displays – if you want to avoid crowding then start at the end and work backwards. There’s no chronological or other specific order to the works.
  • Cameras are allowed inside.
  • For parking I suggest the Crown multi-story carpark which is $6 for 0-6 hours during off-peak hours
  • For food there are lots of options at Crown though our current favourite is yum cha at Lucky Chan – a bit pricey but excellent quality and you can be in and out in 20 minutes!

Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught

The Exhibition Hall, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne Tue 31 Mar – Sun 12 Apr

Sydney  Sat 27 Jun – Sun 12 Jul

 

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