Monday, August 10, 2009

The LEGO® Millyard Project

Last week I wrote a post about "Smaller IS Better" and asked for suggestions of museums doing innovative things in remote or smaller outposts, that normally don't get recognized. I'm happy to say I got a tremendous response, and I will be sharing news of some of those interesting projects and people in future blog postings.

For now, I'd like to share with you some details about the LEGO® Millyard Project that's on display at the SEE Science Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Douglas Heuser and Adele Maurier were kind enough to share the photos above and below, as well as this description of the project:

"Our LEGO Millyard project is a great example of what can be accomplished using volunteers and corporate partners. The project depicts the Amoskeag Millyard circa 1900, built with more than 3 million LEGO bricks and complete with running water and trains with mini-cams. We have created school programs around the project highlighting the science and technology of the mills. It has also changed the demographics of our visitors: older visitors are now coming to SEE, unaccompanied by children, just to check out the LEGO Millyard. "

More than 3 million LEGO bricks! I'd say that makes the SEE Science Center a "museum worth a special trip"! Let us know about some of your favorite "Smaller IS Better" museum projects in the Comments Section below or by dropping us an email.

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  1. Wonderful Paul, thanks for noting this exhibit. I am so pleased to see all learning that can take place creating, working, and visiting. I am always seeking out museums and cultural on-line educational noteworthy sites. My blog, notes some of the sites I have come across and like to share. Again thanks, keep them can be inexpensive, especially with a bit of creativity!!!

  2. LEGO is one of those toys that will probably outlive all of us, and for good reason. It is virtually indestructible. You can always find new and bigger things to build with the bricks, so its replay value is very high. Likewise, it also helps increase your creativity and fuels your imagination. If you want to buy yourself, your children, or anyone else a toy that will stand the test of time, then buy them Ultimate LEGO Building Set.