Legoland In Somerville Is Building A Replica of the Boston Public Library

On a smaller scale, of course.

The Boston Public Library is moving to Somerville—kind of.

A “large-scale” replica of the building will be constructed out of Legos, and put on public display, when the Legoland Discovery Center Boston location opens in the spring.

The BPL was the winner of Legoland’s “MiniLand” competition, where people could vote for which Boston building they wanted built out of the tiny, colored blocks.

“Thank you to all who voted for the Boston Public Library in the Lego Miniland Facebook competition. Because of you, the library will be constructed out of Lego bricks and displayed at Legoland Discovery Center Boston next spring,” BPL officials said on their Facebook page.

Voting started in November and ended on December 13. People were asked to choose between Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Prospect Hill Monument, Prudential Tower, TD Garden, and Trinity Church.

But the Boston Public Library rallied their supporters and was the top choice in the contest.
“The Boston Public Library is a significant and historic building and is certainly deserving of this honor,” said Kelly Smith, Marketing Manager for the Legoland Discovery Center Boston. “It’s important for us to hear from the community so that Miniland can best represent the landmarks our fans love most in this area.”

Miniland is one of the largest parts of the Legoland exhibit, and features iconic landmarks on a smaller scale, all made from Lego blocks. Other Boston buildings—which have not been revealed—will be included in the display.

Although the Lego exhibit center is called “Legoland Boston,” it’s actually going to be located in Somerville, at the up-and-coming Assembly Row development, just off of Interstate 93 in Assembly Square.

Tickets and passes for access to the museum go on sale in January, but Legoland doesn’t open until May of 2014, according to the company’s website, which is still under construction.

The 44,000-square-foot indoor facility is geared specifically towards children, according to the company, and will offer an “educational” experience that includes a theatre, interactive demonstrations, and factory tours.

Admissions prices have not been set yet, but other Legoland facilities typically charge $20 to see the attractions.