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Longmont Museum combines fun and engineering

The Longmont Museum will feature a mini-figure in its gift shop
Replica of the Longmont Museum out of LEGO

Beginning Saturday, the Longmont Museum will open its new exhibit “Build: Design and Create with LEGO.” The exhibit combines the joy of building with engineering that the entire family can enjoy.

The Longmont Museum opened a similar LEGO exhibit 10 years ago. To date, it remains the most attended exhibit at the museum. In honor of the new construction taking place at the Longmont Museum, it decided now was a time to bring the exhibit back. 

The Longmont Museum is hosting a capital campaign project to expand the exhibit space at the museum. Construction will also include a stage and outdoor space and a new children’s wing. 

The museum wants to begin connecting with families before 2026 — when the new children’s portion of the museum will be completed. 

The LEGO exhibit features detailed builds from local LEGO builders who are part of the Denver and Colorado/Wyoming LEGO Users Groups. Members from these groups constructed a replica of the Longmont Museum that sits in the lobby. The replica displays the museum as it is today with a hint of its future construction. 

The remainder of the exhibit is hands-on. Patrons can build and race cars, send the cars down a stunt track, build bridges and experiment with how strong they are, use a LEGO catapult, build mazes, test LEGO builds on the earthquake machine and participate in a community designed LEGO mural. There is even a Duplo area ready for toddlers to get in on the action.

LEGO builds can be complex and loved by those who make them. The museum exhibit allows patrons to show off their creations by placing them on display shelf for the day. Each week, museum staff will gather the best from the week to display in a special portion of the exhibit. 

The museum is partnering with Brickscape Cafe, located at 322 Main St. in the Old Town Marketplace, to host complementary programming. The programs will be held every Thursday night and include different themes. Families can also order a pizza that can be picked up at the museum to make it a fun family night. 

Summer camps will also include LEGOs including a LEGO movie that campers will make. 

The museum’s summer movie series will kick off with “The LEGO Movie” on June 18 at 10 a.m. Movies are $3 for only the movie and $5 for the movie, popcorn and a juice box. 

The exhibit will open Saturday with an opening reception at 10 a.m. The tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors 3 and older. Those who attend the reception will be among the first to explore the exhibit. They will also be able to learn from the Denver and Colorado/Wyoming LEGO User Groups. Tickets are required for the event. The exhibit will open to the public at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

The exhibit will run through January 12 and is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children under 3 are free. Since the exhibit will run through the hottest part of the summer and into the early part of winter, the museum staff encourages families to invest in a family membership pass which is $60. Other pass options are available on the museum’s website.

Also special to this exhibit, the Longmont Museum will feature a mini-figure in its gift shop. The figure will include a special Longmont Museum brick, designed specifically for this exhibit.