Bricks in Motion is a giant display of LEGO® structures and the newest collection at the Wheels O’ Time Museum. On September 25th, 2021 at 1:00pm, the museum will reveal to the public a preview of the already huge work in progress in the museum’s new exhibit building. The complete exhibition will premiere next season when the museum opens again in May 2022.
The collection includes a multi-tier system of trains and railroad tracks, an amusement park with multiple rollercoasters, Ferris Wheels, and Merry-go-rounds; sets of detailed buildings representing hotels, individual houses, businesses. There are windmills and construction sites with “yellow” heavy equipment, cranes, windmills, etc.
What makes this collection so unique is that most of its components have movement. Everything in it is really awesome!
The Bricks in Motion exhibition is popular with kids and adults alike. “We think this exhibit will appeal to children as well as adults. We hope we can break the misconception that the museum is only a place for car enthusiasts, or that we are all about trains. The museum has six buildings and a lot of interactive displays, with something for all ages. We have coin operated rides for the little ones, pedal cars, toys and push buttons all around” says Jim Baldwin, president of the museum board of directors. “The Bricks in Motion exhibition is another way of satisfying the curiosity and gaining the attention of the younger guests, their parents and grandparents. We hope this collection will be a source of inspiration and fascination for all our visitors.”
All the components and parts of the Bricks in Motion exhibition were gathered and constructed by Richard “Dick” Wetherill who passed away in April 2021. His enormous collection has been graciously donated to the Wheels O’ Time Museum by his family. The museum thanks his sons Bret and Grant, and their families for their generosity. Richard loved model railroading and constructing his Lego City with his grandkids but most of all he loved to spend time with his family. His sons noted that their father would have been thrilled knowing that so many people will be able to enjoy his collection now that it is on display at Wheels O’ Time.
About The Wheels O’ Time Museum
The mission of Wheels O’ Time Museum is Preserving the Past for the Education and Enjoyment of Future Generations. We are here to entertain and educate. Our goal is to provide a facility where folks of all ages can see and hear and sometimes touch, items representing transportation, industry, farm, and home life, as well as entertainment, from times past, mostly in the central Illinois area. We have six buildings, a multitude of exhibits, many interactive, showing life in the twentieth century.
The Museum is located at 1710 West Woodside Dr. in Dunlap, IL 61525. The Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-5pm, until October 31. General admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children (ages 3 years old to 8th grade), $9 for seniors (65+). Group rates and other discounts are available. For more information, visit wheelsotime.org. Follow WOTM on Instagram at: @wheelsotime, and on Facebook at: facebook.com/wheelsotimemuseum.