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Block By Block at CMoR Chesterfield

  The Children’s Museum of Richmond Unveils the Only Virginia Stop on the National Tour

The Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Chesterfield location unveiled today, for a limited time, a new traveling exhibit constructed with LEGO® toy building bricks.  Arriving from West Palm Beach, Florida, this will be the only showing of this exhibition in the Mid-Atlantic before it moves on to Seattle, Washington next year.The exhibit, entitled Block By Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture, was organized by the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. The ten buildings on display represent landmark structures in five countries, seven cities and more than 100 years in the history of global architecture.  Each structure was built by Dan Parker, Certified LEGO® Professional and his Seattle-based TrainBuilder Productions, LLC.  They spent more than 500 hours engineering these epic edifices into more modestly scaled buildings, and used nearly 200,000 LEGO® bricks in the process.  While these representations may be small compared to their real-world counterparts, these structures lack nothing in imagination and ingenuity. In this spirit of creativity, guests are encouraged to experience the world of LEGO® architecture and create their own inspired design in the LEGO® building area.

Representatives from the museum visited the exhibition and saw the excitement, especially among young children, and worked to bring it here to Virginia.  “We are thrilled to have this exhibit, even for a short time, for the families in Central VA because we know so many build LEGO® projects together.  Hopefully these amazing structures will inspire them to engage in playful learning activities during the holiday season,” said Karen Coltrane, the Museum’s President and CEO.

Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture will be open November 1 through December 31 at the Children’s Museum’s Chesterfield location only.  This exhibit is free with museum admission.  Daily operating hours are 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. with extended hours on Saturdays until 7:00p.m. during December.

Because LEGO® is timeless and appeals to all ages, the museum will also open for adults-only on select Thursday evenings.  From 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. on November 14, November 21 and December 12, adults can enjoy the exhibition along with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and light fare.  Ticket cost is $15 per person.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at

Skyscrapers on Display:

  • Chrysler Building (New York, New York)
  • Flatiron Building (New York, New York)
  • Hearst Tower (New York, New York)
  • One Trade Center (New York, New York)
  • Willis Tower (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Space Needle (Seattle, Washington)
  • 30 St Mary Axe (London, England)
  • Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Menara Telekom (Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

If you’d like to see more, images of all 10 buildings are available for download at high resolution on our flickr site at this address:

Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture


About the Children’s Museum of RichmondThe Children’s Museum of Richmond now operates three locations: CMoR Central at 2626 W. Broad Street in Richmond; CMoR Short Pump located in West Broad Village at 2200 Old Brick Road in Glen Allen; and CMoR Chesterfield in Winterpock Crossing Shopping Center at 6629 Lake Harbour Drive in Midlothian.  The Children’s Museum has been serving the community since 1981 with the mission to create innovative learning experiences for all children and those who support them that inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.  For more information, please
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