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See Brickman Ryan McNaught’s wonderful new model icebreaker LEGO ship on display in our Gandel Atrium until 12 March 2019.

A large model of a ship created from thousands of Lego bricks to replicate the RSV Nuyina.
Replica of RSV Nuyina created by LEGO professional Ryan McNaught and his team.

McNaught saw the RSV Aurora Australis preparing for an annual Antarctic resupply voyage in 2016. Learning that the ship was reaching the end of its service life, he embarked on finding out more about the ship that would replace it.

The RSV Nuyina is due to arrive in Hobart in 2020. At 3.2 metres long, the replica model is a special treat for Museum visitors.

The Brickman is an old friend of ours — some of you may remember our Towers of Tomorrow exhibition — and is the only LEGO certified professionals in the Southern Hemisphere.

It took 117,612 bricks and 328 hours to build the replica ship.

The replica built by the Brickman and his small team was launched as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart last year. It gives visitors a small glimpse of what it would be like to work and live on board.

You can see where the crew, scientists and researchers live and sleep, the landing boats, helicopters, cargo cranes and how the people on board relax in their downtime.

Nuyina (noy-yee-nah) is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning southern lights, which can be seen in the beautiful new Antarctica Experience virtual reality film showing in our Circa theatre.

Visitors of all ages are enjoying the RSV Nuyina display, some spending quite some time investigating in great detail the beauty of the ship. It’s proving to be quite entertaining and families are particularly drawn to it.

To get the best out of a visit make sure you chat to one of our visitor experience hosts and grab a copy of the ‘Can you Find’ sheet. The Brickman is known for placing surprises in his pieces and you’ll be taken to a galaxy far, far away when you start looking closely. See you at the Museum soon!

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