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Artist Warren Elsmore with the model of the National Museum of Scotland made from Lego. Image credit Neil Hanna

A 3.5-metre model of the National Museum of Scotland built from Lego has been unveiled in the 150th anniversary year of the iconic Victorian building.

Created by the renowned ‘artist in Lego’, Warren Elsmore and his team, the model comprises around 90,000 bricks and took 350 hours to build.

The model Museum is built to ‘minifigure scale’, so that a Lego figurine looks correct inside it. It features a cross-section of the building showcasing the attraction’s famous Grand Gallery and iconic museum objects including a Formula One car and a statue of James Watt.

Every brick used to create the model is a standard Lego brick, however it includes a number of rare and unusual bricks, with parts sourced from all over Europe.

Visitors to the Museum were able to watch the model being built as part of Build It! Adventures with Lego Bricks, a series of events and activities which took place at the Museum from January to April.

Stephen Allen, head of learning and programmes, National Museums Scotland, said: “Our visitors have enjoyed watching Warren and his team build our model Museum as part of Build It! Adventures with Lego Bricks, and we’re delighted to now unveil the finished article. From the Victorian architecture of our Grand Gallery to the crisp, clean lines of the modern Scottish Galleries, the bustle of the Balcony Café to the wonder of our Natural World galleries, the Museum has been rendered perfectly in miniature.”

Warren Elsmore said: “This is the most detailed model of this size we have ever made and building it in front of visitors to the Museum has been a new and fun experience. There have been plenty of interesting challenges for us, from some of the angles of the architecture to recreating exhibits at such a small scale. We’re very pleased with the results and we can’t wait to see what visitors think.”

Build It! Adventures with Lego Bricks is part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, which celebrates Scotland’s fantastic built environment, as part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations. The model will be displayed at the Museum through the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.