Sidney Museum has seen a record-breaking January, fuelled in large part by its new Lego exhibition.
Alyssa Gerwing, the assistant director, said that the museum has been pleased with the interest shown in the exhibit, with 2,500 people signing the visitor book and an estimated 3,000 people visiting the museum over the Family Day long-weekend. January was the busiest January and the second busiest month overall in the museum’s history.
The exhibit features a wide range of Lego favourites including Hogwarts, Cindarella’s castle, Star Wars figures and a model Bugatti Chiron made out of Lego bricks.
The museum held a special event on Family Day, which included a visit from Robin Sather, Canada’s only professional Lego builder. He answered questions from families and explained the dynamic process of planning and building a giant Lego model. On Sunday he completed one such project: a six-foot long 1900s’ Cordwood Express from the V&S Railway, which is now on display.
Describing Lego’s enduring appeal, Gerwing said, “You can build anything with Lego, the only limitation is you.”
She added that Lego appeals to people with different personalities and interests. “Some people like to build sets and follow instructions while others like to free build. There’s something for everyone.”
The Sidney Museum has been open since 1971 and aims to collect, preserve and display significant historical artifacts and archival materials from Sidney, North Saanich and the surrounding area.
To date, the museum houses over 8,000 artifacts permanently, many of which are regularly exhibited in the Sidney Museum’s permanent exhibition galleries.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Sidney Museum also features rotating monthly displays. These temporary exhibits include a variety of subjects including calligraphy, Canadian banknotes and the three-month Lego exhibit.
Admission is always by donation.