Free Lego transportation exhibit opens in New West


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The New Westminster Museum and Archives latest exhibition interprets the city’s transportation system through lego, artifacts and historic photos.

The exhibit is called People Gotta Move and is a collaboration between the museum and VLC, which is a Vancouver-based club for lego enthusiasts.

“We’ve recreated a few streets in downtown New Westminster in Lego. It’s pretty fun to walk down the isles and check out which buildings you recognize,” says curator Oana Capota.

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The exhibit was three years in the making and features the story of one the first helicopter prototypes that was created in New West in addition to tales of train and ship crashes.

Students from New Westminster Secondary had a photography contest to capture images of contemporary New West’s transportation infrastructure for the exhibition.

Selena Uppal, one of the students who came up with the idea, says, “New West youth were able to voice their opinions through snapshots of our fascinating community. Organizing a photography contest allowed us to see what amazing thing New Westminster has done and what is possible in the future.”

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There will be a series of associated programming to complement the feature exhibition including LEGO camps, a scavenger hunt and a walking tour in the summer. More details about Lego workshops and a school program happening in the fall will be posted to the museum website once plans are confirmed.

People Gotta Move is on display from June 5 until November 16 at the New Westminster Museum in the Anvil Centre at 777 Columbia Street.

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