Brick by Brick

Discover your inner builder.

Brick by Brick pairs giant LEGO®-built structures with hands-on building challenges to to showcase how architects and engineers push the limits of design to make the seemingly impossible possible.

Exhibit stations and building challenges let you:

  • Build and test structures to withstand earthquakes and heavy winds.
  • Explore unconventional LEGO building techniques to solve design challenges.
  • Walk on a sturdy I-beam to feel its strength.
  • Use simple machines and engineering to life your friends - or yourself!
  • And more!

See 10 spectacular LEGO models constructed by LEGO Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker:

  • Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world
  • Cinderella's Castle - built to withstand Florida's 100-mile-per-hour hurricane winds
  • Fallingwater - Frank Lloyd Wright residence considered the "best all-time work of American architecture"
  • The Gateway Arch - the tallest memorial in the U.S., which is built in a catenary curve
  • Golden Gate Bridge - built to withstand both wind and earthquakes
  • Great Pyramid of Giza - the oldest and most intact Wonder of the Ancient World
  • Hoover Dam - one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders
  • One World Trade Center - the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
  • Ping An Finance Center - China's tallest building
  • Roman Colosseum - the largest amphitheater ever built

PLUS, a 75,000-brick model of the Science Center of Iowa, created by the Iowa LEGO Users Group!

Related Programming

Explore the principles of engineering, architecture, design and creativity with special events and programs.

Special Events

  • Overnight Adventure - Friday, September 21, 2018
    Spend a night at the museum and test your engineering abiilities with activities tied to Brick by Brick. (Recommended for families with children ages 6 to 12.) Learn more
  • Ready, Set, Build: Central Iowa's Bridge-Building Challenge - Saturday, November 3, 2018
    Design and prototype a bridge with the provided materials in 2.5 hours. Register in teams of 1-4 people in various categories. More details coming soon!
  • Engineering Week - February 17-23, 2019
    Participate in engineering challenges and meet engineering professionals. More details coming soon!

Ongoing Programs

  • Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Ups - Third Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00 pm
    Meet other local LEGO users and participate in building challenges.

More events coming soon!