Leicester’s flagship museum has now reopened, with a new name and a brilliant new exhibition.
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery – formerly New Walk Museum and Art Gallery – opened its doors earlier this week, and is proving to be extremely popular, with tickets being booked up fast.
To mark the reopening, the museum is now hosting the Brick City LEGO exhibition, featuring iconic buildings from cities around the world, carefully recreated in LEGO bricks.
They have been created by artist Warren Elsmore and his team and will be on display until November 22 this year.
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Brick City was Warren Elsmore’s first exhibition, created some years ago. However, the version here in Leicester has been fully revamped to include lots of new buildings.
There’s more than 30 buildings to see, from cities across all seven continents, built thousands of years and miles apart.
They include The Colosseum in Rome, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Empire State Building from New York, Buckingham Palace in London, and the London 2012 Olympic Park.
The exhibition culminates with a magnificent 180,000-piece LEGO rendition of London St Pancras Station, the gateway to London for train travellers from Leicester.
See some of these amazing creations in our gallery below
Talking about the LEGO exhibition, a city council spokesperson said: “We wanted to offer our visitors something exciting to mark the reopening of our flagship museum, and this new and revamped version of Brick City definitely ticks that box.
“This stunning exhibition, featuring more than 30 iconic landmarks from around the world, is going to be a huge hit with LEGO fans of all ages.
“Unfortunately, the new coronavirus restrictions mean we can only accommodate 200 people in the museum at any one time, so visitors do need to pre-book their visits to avoid disappointment.
“The good news is that Brick City will be in Leicester until 22 November, so there’s plenty of time to see it and enjoy it, even if you can’t get your free tickets immediately.”
Visits can be booked online at www.leicestermuseums.org/book-tickets or by calling the museum directly on 0116 225 4900.
Admission to Leicester’s museums is free of charge.
A Brick City kids exhibition trail is available to download via the website.