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Around the world in LEGO format: the Washington Museum's new exhibition. The Photos

Starting this Saturday, the Washington Museum will be filled with children's magic, with the opening of an exciting two-year LEGO exhibition, appropriately named 'Brick City'. As the name suggests, this exhibition will feature miniature versions of the world's most famous places.

Visitors will have the chance to take a real world tour through all seven continents. They will experience the lively streets of Cartagena, Colombia, Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, intricate temples from India to Mexico, and fanciful castles from medieval Japan to modern Las Vegas.

Highlights include the Empire State Building, the Roman Coliseum, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and London's 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, among others.

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Around the world in LEGO format: the Washington Museum's new exhibition. Photos
Starting this Saturday, the Washington Museum will be filled with children's magic, with the opening of an exciting two-year LEGO exhibition, appropriately named 'Brick City'. As the name implies, this exhibition will feature miniature versions of the world's most famous places.
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Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans
Visitors will have the chance to take a real world tour through all seven continents. They will experience the lively streets of Cartagena, Colombia, the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, the intricate temples from India to Mexico, the fanciful castles from medieval Japan to modern Las Vegas.
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Empire State Building
Caitlin Bristol, developer of the exhibits, told the WTOP website: "This is 300 square metres of LEGO brick extravaganza. We always want to inspire curiosity and wonder at the world we design and build. What better way to do that than with LEGO bricks? They are a wonderful, multi-generational medium for people to explore their creativity with design, construction and even a little bit of engineering. All these things come together in this exhibition'.
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London Underground
Also speaking to WTOP was LEGO artist Warren Elsmore: "It's basically a trip around the world in LEGO models. We go around every continent in the world and look at different styles of construction and architecture, iconic things that you might see if you spent years going around the world."
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St. Pancras Station
The stunning centrepiece is the 12-metre long and 6-metre wide St. Pancras station in London, built with over 180,000 LEGO bricks, shipped here from the UK. Elsmore himself is fascinated by them: 'They really did arrive in a container, we loaded it in Edinburgh, where we are based, shipped them and then I've been here for the last week helping the museum prepare for visitors... I admit we don't count every single brick, but for sure the exhibition has exceeded a quarter of a million bricks."
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The Mona Lisa
Highlights include the Empire State Building, the Roman Coliseum, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and Leonardo's Mona Lisa, among others.
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The Colosseum
After looking at all the beautiful constructions, you can also create your own in a dedicated interactive room. Bristol talks about "a room at the end of the gallery where you can try your hand at building some structures. There are large tables with maps of D.C., so you can inspire some budding engineers and architects to enrich the D.C. landscape with LEGO models'.
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Buckingham Palace
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for youth, students and seniors and are free for museum members. There is a timed admission to control the size of the crowd.
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