Time Travel With LEGO at RELICS: A New World Rises, Melbourne Museum

RELICS: A New World Rises is an exciting mixed-media LEGO exhibition at Melbourne Museum. It’s been created by Perth duo Jackson Harvey and Alex Towler, winners of LEGO Masters Australia Season 2. 

See the forgotten relics of a world long-abandoned by humanity, ingeniously integrated with intricate and colourful LEGO worlds. Each detailed environment in RELICS sets the stage for a narrative that unveils more the longer you look!

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RELICS: a New World Rises offers a playful and nostalgic journey of discovery that combines the old and the new to present stories of humanity that will appeal to all ages.

Set in a future long after humanity’s reign, RELICS tells the story of a world where LEGO® minifigures have risen from the debris to craft intricate civilisations in discarded human artefacts, each one inspired by the object they now call home.

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RELICS was originally developed by Jackson and Alex after winning the second season of LEGO® Masters in 2020. They were commissioned by WA arts organisation FORM to create an exibition at The Goods Shed gallery in Perth wih the brief to explore the bounds of their imagination. 

With a totally blank canvas, they set out to push beyond the conventional limitations of storytelling with LEGO. ‘RELICS: Bricks of the New World’ ran from February to May in 2021 with nearly 50,000 people attending.

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RELICS: a New World Rises expands their original concept and has been two years in the making. The original exhibition has been rebuilt from the ground up to create the Melbourne LEGO exhibition. 

Expect to see a marauding band of inventors who have reverse-engineered a grandfather clock to build a time machine.

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Nestled inside a vintage refrigerator, a cryogenics facility preserves its subjects from the ravages of an overheated climate.

In a retro arcade, airlocks and elevators connect a series of gaming machines to form a futuristic space port.

There are fifteen detail-packed worlds of wonder to explore in RELICS: A New World Rises.

If you’re a LEGO fan, this Melbourne LEGO exhibition is not to be missed!

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RELICS A New World Rises Melbourne Museum FAQs

When is Melbourne Museum LEGO exhibition RELICS open?

Session times for RELICS are every 15 minutes. The exhibition is open every day 9am – 5pm from Friday 1 September 2023 to Sunday 28 January 2024.

How long does the RELICS exhibition take?

The exhibition takes about 60-90 minutes to visit. There is no set timeframe for your visit and you’re welcome to enjoy the exhibition at their own pace.

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What age is RELICS suitable for?

RELICS is for LEGO fans of all ages, though probably best for kids 5+ years. Children under 3 are free to reflect the most appropriate age range.

Can you buy tickets to RELICS at the door?

Tickets for the Melbourne Museum Lego Exhibition can be bought at the door if they are available for that day. 

However, it’s best to book in advance online to avoid disappointment if the session is sold out and to get priority entry. 

Can I change the date and time of my ticket?

Yes. Just email mvbookings@museum.vic.gov.au or call the Booking and Enquiries office on 13 11 02 open 9am–4.30pm daily. 

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What accessibility support is there for RELICS and Melbourne Museum?

Melbourne Museum is fully wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge from the foyer at Melbourne Museum for your visit on a first-come basis on the day. 

All exhibition galleries and public spaces have lift and/or ramp access.

RELICS has an Audio Description Tour designed for people who are blind or have a visual impairment. 

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Museum.

The National Relay Service (NRS) can assist people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.

Melbourne Museum is an autism friendly museum, which provide maps of high and low sensory spaces, quiet times, social scripts and more. 
Click here for more about Melbourne Museum’s accessibility information.

While you’re at Melbourne Museum…
Play in the Melbourne Museum’s Children’s Gallery
Explore Gandel Gondwana Garden
Admire the huge Horridus Triceratops

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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