Thursday, January 5, 2012



Building Blocks Workshops
LEGO® Architectural Workshops for Families

WHEN: January 14, 19 and 28
  Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown

Families will come together when LEGO® blocks meet architectural history in Building Blocks Workshops at the Morris Museum in January 2012. In each of these two-hour workshops, 50 families will create 50 buildings, using over 50,000 LEGO building blocks.

Led by Livingston, NJ-based architect Stephen W. Schwartz, workshop participants can Build Historical Morristown on January 14 from 2-4 PM OR on January 19, from 6-8 PM; or create Windmills and Wind Power on January 28 from 2-4 PM.

FEE: for each workshop is $40 per family (up to four members).
Space is limited to 50 families per workshop.
Families can register for these workshops by visiting Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 211 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, M-F 9 AM – 6 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM – 5 PM. (Payment by check payable to Morris Museum). For more information, call 973.971.3718 or -email

About Building Blocks Workshops
Each two-hour Building Blocks program is a fast-paced, hands-on model building experience using LEGO building blocks. Building Blocks Workshops were developed by Stephen W. Schwartz AIA, Architect of SWS Architects, Livingston, NJ, who, says, “These programs are an opportunity to have fun, learn about the community’s architectural heritage and work in a large group to build structurally sound, interesting and whimsical models.”

The Build Historical Morristown workshop will be offered twice: on Saturday, January 14, from 2-4 PM and on Thursday, January 19, from 6-8 PM. Fifty families will use 50,000 LEGO blocks to create 50 historical buildings in Morristown; these buildings will be used to create a giant map of Morristown. Participants will receive the Morris County New Jersey Points of Interest map, a publication of the Morris County Tourism Bureau. On Saturday, January 28, from 2-4 PM, the focus is on Windmills and Wind Power. Fifty families will work together to build fifty unique windmills, using 50,000 LEGO building blocks, and learn about the importance of wind power off the coast of New Jersey. The windmill creations will be placed on a large map of the New Jersey coastline.

These workshops are offered in conjunction with the Morris Museum’s current exhibition, The Art of the Brick®, on view through February 20, which features over 25 large-scale sculptures created with LEGO bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya.

About the Morris Museum
The Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through the presentation of high caliber permanent and changing exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards.  In 2013 the museum will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the F.M. Kirby Foundation; and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit