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Jurassic World exhibition at Australian Museum

Lego dinosaur exhibition roars into the Australian Museum

UPDATE: The Jurassic World by Brickman exhibition has been extended to the end of the July school holidays. It closes on July 17.

From play groups to Lego sculptures – and a new interactive play area too – there’s a lot going on for kids at the Australian Museum this year.

The Jurassic World by Brickman exhibition runs from March 5 to May 29 and features more than 50 dinosaurs and other features from the film franchise, made from 6 million Lego bricks. A new, 400kg, 4.8m long Baryonyx model will be unveiled in the exhibition, which will also include a life size baby Brachiosaurus, a crowd-favourite giant Tyrannosaurus Rex. And much more.

Jurassic World exhibition at Australian Museum

There are interactive elements as well, with 2.5 million Lego bricks on hand for dinosaur-inspired creations. Plus a Duplo room for the little ones!

The exhibition was designed by Lego Certified Professional and Lego Masters Australia judge Ryan McNaught.

“We know that Sydney fans will be blown away by the scale of the experience. The new location at the Australian Museum in Sydney will have our Jurassic World by Brickman models just two floors down from the Museum’s spectacular, permanent dinosaur exhibition which will make for an amazing day out for families and dinosaur fans,” McNaught said.

“Some of these models are the most complex and challenging ones we have made to date, so being able to bring them to Sydney is just fantastic. We have created and used new techniques and committed thousands of hours to building these models that I am personally incredibly proud of.”

Tickets for the exhibition cost $35 adult, $25 child (3-15 years), $27.50 concession, plus a family ticket option of $95. Book via Ticketek or the Australian Museum website.

Playgroups and play areas

Sadly, a visit to the exhibition can’t be followed by more dinosaur fun in the Prehistoric Playground as this popular children’s space closed at the end of January. But the good news is, a new kids’ area Burra Learning Place is currently under construction, and is due to open in July.  It will be a celebration of First Nations and western ideas, and how these can complement each other to look after ourselves and our planet. Firm details are yet to be released about this space, but it will include two multi-purpose teaching spaces, an immersive theatre, touchable First Nations tools, sensory walls and accessible interactives.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for an outing for your preschooler, the Australian Museum has launched its Museum Minis program. This is open to children aged 3-5, and runs for 20 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the school term. The sessions will include music, craft and games, with themes including dinosaurs, Australian wildlife and First Nations cultures. The playgroup sessions are free, but bookings are essential.

The Australian Museum is located at 1 William Street, Sydney. It is open from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day) and entry is free.  It’s a short walk from St James, Museum and Town Hall train stations.

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