The Henry Ford ‘builds’ up for Lego exhibit

13 large-scale models of world-famous buildings on display through Feb. 24

DEARBORN – Thirteen of the world’s most famous architectural icons are making their way brick-by-brick to The Henry Ford as part of the new exhibition Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition running Nov. 3 through Feb. 24.

Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., this exhibition features large scale models built by visionary architect Adam Reed Tucker.

Models featured in the exhibition include the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Sky Needle, Transamerica Pyramid and Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower. Built entirely of Lego bricks, some of the sculptures soar up to 18 feet high and use as many as 450,000 pieces without the use of glue or other adhesives.

Tucker first began creating with Lego bricks as part of his art in 2003. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of Lego provides guests with a new, detailed look at the familiar buildings included in the exhibition. The exhibition lets visitors see the complexity of each building’s design and engineering through Tucker’s Lego recreations.

Guests will have opportunities to get in on the fun by building their own structure to either display on our large-scale Lego city map or to take home with them.

Admission is free for members. Non-member tickets are $17 adults, $15 seniors (62 and up), $12.50 youth (5-12) and free for children ages 4 and under. For more information, call 313-982-6001 or go to