Sidney Museum Pays It Forward
- Donations of LEGO accepted at Sidney Museum until March 31st.
- Over 2,600 people visited Sidney Museum during Family Weekend.
Sidney, B.C., February 21, 2019 — The endlessly creative LEGO* brick has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike since its introduction in 1958. Sidney Museum hosted the LEGO Brick event for Family Day this year, and over 2,600 people visited over the course of the weekend! This was one of several Family Day events offered in Sidney for 2019.
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The LEGO exhibition has been on since January 2nd and in the first month we welcomed over 3,500 visitors; a record breaking January! This is also the second highest attendance for an exhibit in any month for the Museum since 2000.
During this time, including Family Day, several individuals have given the Museum donations of LEGO sets or loose brick. Museum volunteers then build the sets needed for the annual LEGO exhibition (especially if the instructions are included). This has allowed the Museum to add a variety of sets that wouldn’t otherwise be included on display, like this 1980 Mobile Lab from Classic Space! In response to this outpouring of community support, we’ll be paying it forward by donating any loose brick not needed at the end of this year’s exhibition to foster creative and instructional play in local elementary schools.
If you wish to contribute LEGO, please contact the Museum by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (250)655-6355.
If you are an elementary teacher or school, we will be contacting SD63 schools directly after the exhibit closes. The number of schools included will depend on the volume of brick received.
LEGO, derived from the Danish leg godt (play well) began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891 – 1958) who began his career as a maker of wooden toys. With the introduction of the Automatic Binding Bricks in 1949, and the modern brick design in 1958, LEGO began a toy revolution which culminated in LEGO becoming beloved by generations, and standing the test of time.
The Sidney Museum’s mission is to acquire, preserve and display the heritage and culture of the communities of the Saanich Peninsula.