I may not have the patience to piece together a large Lego set but that only increases my admiration for those who do. So last week when Braeden and I found ourselves with an unexpected free day, we headed to The Australian Museum to check out Jurassic World by Brickman. Both the museum and the exhibition are wonderfully wheelchair accessible and it’s definitely an exhibition not to miss if you have an appreciation for Lego.
Jurassic World by Brickman at The Australian Museum
Stepping through the Lego gates into the Jurassic World visitors are welcomed to Isla Nublar where you can use the 2.5 million odd Lego bricks provided for a hands-on building experience. Or, if you’re like me, you can simply admire the incredible work of Ryan McNaught and his team of Lego masters. More than two years and 10,000 build hours have gone into the creation of Jurassic World by Brickman®, making it the biggest exhibition the Brickman team have ever created.
Get up close to models of Triceratops, Velociraptors and the amazing T-Rex and keep an eye out for the life-size Brachiosaurus weighing well over 1.8 tonnes which takes pride of place in the baby dinosaur enclosure. It towers over guests in all its green Duplo glory.
The exhibition is split over two floors of the museum with plenty of opportunities in each area for children, and kids at heart, to build something of their own. Various prompts are offered on the back boards.
Duplo is provided in the baby dinosaur enclosure for young children or anyone who finds the larger bricks easier to work with. Hand santiser is provided at each of these stations too.
Make no mistake, the adults visiting Jurassic World appeared just as enthused as the kids about building with the Lego.
Accessibility at Jurassic World by Brickman – The Australian Museum
Easy access is provided throughout The Australian Museum with ramps or lifts to move between the various levels.
Jurassic World by Brickman has plenty of good circulation space throughout, work stations filled with Lego are at a good height for wheelchair users and a lift provides access between the two levels of the exhibition.
The highlight for me is the ramp access which has been provided to the Lego jeep to ensure everyone can recreate escaping the jaws of the massive T-Rex.
The Australian Museum has a Changing Places bathroom with hoist, adult-sized change table and push button access. You do need to find a staff member to access the bathroom or call for assistance. I would love to see MLAK key access provided to avoid this dependence on help for those that need the facilities. Of course I asked for someone to open the bathroom just so I could share a photo.
Entry to The Australian Museum is free but tickets must be purchased for Jurassic World by Brickman. Australian Companion Cards are accepted. Tickets can be pre-purchased on The Australian Museum website.
We visited on a weekday and it wasn’t busy at all but I have heard weekends are more popular. Keep in mind for any Lego-loving adults, The Australian Museum is open until 9pm on Thursday nights and I imagine this would be a good time to visit Jurassic World without the crowds.
Our biggest challenge when visiting The Australian Museum is finding easy accessible parking. There is paid parking in nearby car parks but street parking is not easy. Public transport is probably the easiest way of visiting the museum but in saying that, we always drive and do find parking with persistence. The nearby streets are quite steep though so it is often a marathon to push up the hills.
We really enjoyed our visit and highly recommend Jurassic World by Brickman. Don’t forget to check out the rest of The Australian Museum while you there too.