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Interactive exhibit of Lego models to be on display at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center

The “Awesome Exhibition,” set to run from Oct. 29-Dec. 30, will feature more than 30 creations built with Lego blocks.

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Visitors of the “Awesome Exhibition” view a replica of the Sydney Opera House made out of Lego blocks. The touring exhibit of Lego models will appear at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston from Oct. 29-Dec. 30, 2022.

Worldwide landmarks, wild animals and iconic items from popular culture, such as the DeLorean-turned-time machine from the "Back to the Future" movie trilogy, will be on display during the next two months in Downtown Houston.

And all of it will be made out of Legos.

The "Awesome Exhibition," an interactive exhibit of Lego models made by Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught, runs from Saturday, Oct. 29 through Dec. 30 in Hall A of the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. It will be the first appearance in Houston for the touring exhibit, which originated in McNaught's home country of Australia and made stops earlier this year in Las Vegas and Nashville, Tennessee.

"We're most definitely excited about having it at the George R. Brown," said Veronica Martinez, an event coordinator for the Houston First Corporation, which operates the convention center. "It's going to be a (long-running) exhibit."

More than 30 Lego-built creations will be featured, including a crocodile and family of penguins along with replicas of Windsor Castle in England and Seattle's Space Needle, according to the exhibition website. There also will be an interactive "snake wall" in which visitors can add their own Lego creations.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, according to the exhibition website, but it is recommended that they be bought online in advance. Weekday prices are $26 for adults and $18 for children ages 3-12, with tickets on weekends costing $28 for adults and $22 for children. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

The exhibit will be open from noon-7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays as well as from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can bring strollers and cameras along with food and drinks, the latter of which must be consumed in designated areas away from the exhibit floor.

Parking is available in the convention center's north, south and central garages, in addition to other downtown locations.

McNaught started making Lego models in 2008 and became a Lego-certified professional in 2010, according to his bio on the exhibit website. He is one of fewer than 25 Lego-certified professionals in the world and the only one based in the Southern Hemisphere.

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