Sidney Museum to host popular LEGO exhibit from January 2 – Saanich News

A popular exhibition returns to the Sidney Museum.

The 2022 edition of the annual LEGO exhibit will open on January 2, through March 31, with scheduled entry to be reserved on the museum’s website.

The exhibition, back in its 16th year, features hundreds of LEGO building models. It all started when the museum’s former executive director, Peter Garnham, displayed sets that he and his two sons, Jason and David, had built over the years.

In the past, before the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibit attracted well over 10,000 people.

The 2021 edition of the event, which lasted five months, drew nearly 3,600 guests, according to the 2021 annual report of the Sidney Museum and Archives Society. The museum has also created videos on Facebook Live to give viewers a more in-depth look at some of the LEGO sets on display.

Overall, the effects of COVID-19 weigh heavily on the museum’s recent activities, as described in the annual report.

“While reaching its highest number of visits in a single month on record in February 2020 at 5,263, the Sidney Museum also experienced a six-month record low due to COVID-19,” it read. “The Sidney Museum is also experiencing its lowest number of annual visitors since the early 2000s (less than 5,000) and currently stands at 3,996 as of (September 31) 2021.”

These numbers need context as the museum closed for renovation between June 1 and September 1, giving staff and volunteers time to tackle several projects.

The renovations included refurbishing the floor, changing workspace and creating additional storage rooms. The museum also installed new technology to complete a multi-year project to upgrade network cabling, security cameras and the security computer terminal.

Financially, the museum was able to increase non-municipal support with earned income equivalent to 80 percent of contributed income.

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