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Black Creativity, Boo Fest and Christmas
Around the World also on tap in 2022

CHICAGO (December 28, 2021)The Art of the Brick, a captivating exhibition featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO® brick, comes to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) in February 2022.

The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. The blockbuster exhibit kicks off a slate of experiences coming to the Museum next year.

In addition, MSI will be open again on Mondays in 2022. New visitor amenities include upgraded dining options throughout the building. Museum Kitchen opens in March, offering multiple food stations preparing locally sourced healthy options using live-fire, display-kitchen-style cooking and kids’ meals approved by the Partnership for a Healthier America.

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition

January 17 – April 17, 2022

The longest-running exhibit of African-American art in the nation—hosted at MSI since 1970—showcases nearly 200 works by professional and student artists. The annual Black Creativity program also features an Innovator Gallery of African-American leaders who are transforming Chicago; educational workshops for students; family events; and the Black Creativity Gala. A special exhibit, Black Creativity: Architecture, explores the impact of Black architects throughout history, from ancient buildings to modern skyscrapers.

The Art of the Brick
February 10 – September 5, 2022

Designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, The Art of the Brick is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art featuring more than 100 works. The exhibit features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks like Van Gogh's “Starry Night” and Da Vinci's “Mona Lisa.” 

Guests can get up-close and in-person with the fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, guests can walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with its giant LEGO skull.

Learn more about The Art of the Brick.

Coal Mine and U-505 Submarine tours
Beginning in February

Two guest favorites reopen to the public after pandemic-related closures. The Coal Mine takes guests down a mineshaft, along the rails and through a true-to-life coal mine with an engaging tour of mining history and innovations. The U-505 On-board Tour is an interactive walk through history, from the cramped quarters to the feel of battle.

Boo Fest

Our family-friendly science experiences will get you into the Halloween spirit. Explore specially decorated exhibits, examine the science of Halloween with pumpkin drops and slime, try your hand at eyeball dissection and more.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
November 17, 2022 – January 2, 2023

The beloved holiday tradition returns for its 80th year celebrating the rich customs of countries and cultures from across the globe. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light dazzle with a 45-foot Grand Tree surrounded by a forest of over 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s diverse communities. Established in 1942, Christmas Around the World began with a single tree to show solidarity with fellow Allied nations during World War II.

About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Welcome to Science Initiative, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414.

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The Art of the Brick is the world's largest display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works.

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Artist Nathan Sawaya working in his studio.

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Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is one of the art masterpieces re-imagined in LEGO bricks.

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The Art of the Brick also features original artwork by Nathan Sawaya.

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