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Welcome to the City Museum! Every LEGO city needs a museum, especially one with a Dinosaur Exhibit. This two story Modular Building is the perfect corner building complete with science, history and art exhibits. The modular design comes apart in 3 segments (1st floor, 2nd floor, and roof) and includes a glass elevator for travel between floors.
The Design has been a 3-year process with multiple edits and redesigns. It all began with my love for dinosaurs. I had multiple dinosaurs from the DINO theme and others from the Jurassic World sets. As a collector and creator of custom modular buildings, I wanted a way to display my dinosaurs, but I had to figure out a way to put a Tyrannosaurus rex into a building. I also wanted to include other dinosaur models and collectable minifigures into the design. The initial design process started with a 32x32 baseplate, a T. rex and the idea to incorporate a rounded corner with large windows.
- Tyrannosaurus rex
- Brachiosaurus bust
- Ancient Egypt
- Girl with a Pearl Earring painting
- Abraham Lincoln and Lady Liberty
- Astronaut (moon landing)
The Exterior initially started with rounded corner windows. The museum needed to look old, intricate and historic. The exterior is primarily made of white bricks and black window frames. Ornamentation of dark red (masonry brick and tiles), gold (round tiles and slopes for handrails), sand green awnings and roof detail add to the character of the building. The inclusion of sand green is supposed to represent oxidized copper).
A lever for the glass elevator is located in the front right corner of the building. The side walk has a corner detail, street light and fire hydrant (made with a hard hat for the dome). Two glass doors with gold door handles (fire nozzle pieces) are found on each side of the building, complete with staircases into the museum and down to the first floor. Flower boxes above the entrances complete the inviting exterior of the City Museum.
The 1st Floor is home to a Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Coelophysis, fossilized bones, a Brachiosaurus bust, Pteranodon and the gift shop. The T. rex is the prize exhibit of this museum and spans across the entire first floor. Found on the right side of the building are the glass elevator, fossils, Coelophysis and Brachiosaurus bust. The left side of the building is home to the Velociraptor and decorative fern tree. Minifigures can purchase a souvenir the back corner of the first floor. The gift shop includes dinosaurs, books, frogs, mugs and gemstones. Flying above the first floor is the Pteranodon. The mighty Pternanodon's wings span across the first floor and the minifigures can get a better view of this prehistoric flying reptile (not a dinosaur) from the second floor.
The 2nd Floor contains multiple displays of science, history and art lovers. Minifigures will be greeted by a monkey hanging out from a tree as soon as they get off the elevator. A giant pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) will be the next exhibit on the journey through the second floor of the City Museum. Neanderthal and ancient Egypt exhibits are located on the back left wall, along with a masterpiece known as the Girl with a Pearl Earring. Along the left side of the room are statues of Abraham Lincoln and a minifigure size recreation of the Statue of Liberty. In the round glass display, a recreation of the LEGO moon landing can be viewed by all the visitors. A display of gemstones finishes off the 2nd floor exhibits. As a bonus, minifigures can look below at the dinosaur exhibit to get better views of the Pteranodon and T. rex.
The Roof contains a large multi-window sky light in the center. Golden statues are found on each corner of the building and a golden dinosaur is found in the center. An airconditioning unit can be found at the back corner of the roof (extra security might be needed to protect against burglaries). Along the front of the building are sand green and gold details. Special "Dinosaur Exhibit" banners can be seen hanging from each corner of the roof above the sidewalks below.
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