17 May 2022 - April 2023
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LEGO RSV Nuyina

It's officially docked in the Museum's foyer. Open daily 10am-5pm. Free admission.

It’s sailed across the sea from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and now a massive LEGO model of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina will anchor in the South Australian Museum’s foyer.

The model is on loan from Australian Antarctic Division and was brought to life in LEGO by Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught, it’s 3.2 metres long, uses 117,612 LEGO bricks and took a team of three people 328 hours to build. Most recently it was featured on the hit TV show LEGO Masters Australia.

Visitors can look forward to getting up close and personal with the massive model. Can you spot the Star Wars characters? Or the Yeti? If you look closely you'll also see animals, aliens and funny situations with Antarctic expeditioners and crew.

The inspiration to build the model came to Mr McNaught while he was in Hobart in 2016 where he learned that a new icebreaker was under construction. RSV Nuyina is the main lifeline to Australia’s research stations and the central platform of our Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research. ‘Nuyina’ (pronounced noy-yee-nah) means ‘southern lights’ in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aboriginal People.  

What are you waiting for? LEGO!

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