The Big Maze at the National Building Museum

Have you checked out the BIG maze at the National Building Museum yet? I dropped by over the long July 4th weekend to see the new playful indoor installation – and learned the difference about mazes and labyrinths in the process (labyrinths only have one path apparently…).

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The BIG maze is the first large scale installation in the National Building Museum since Frank Gehry was commissioned by the SMWIA to build a metal structure for their 100th anniversary back in 1988. And it’s not actually that big. BIG stands for Bjarke Ingels Group, a Danish architect firm, and the maze serves as a preview for amBIGuity, an exhibition of the firm’s work that will open in October. And while I kind of miss the mini-golf, it’s still fun to try and find your way out of the 61 feet by 61 feet plywood maze before getting some BBQ at the Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue pop-up right outside.

The BIG Maze is open Monday through Saturday, 10AM–5PM, and Sunday, 11AM–5PM, July 4 through September 1, 2014. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children, and include access to all of the museum’s exhibits. Additionally, for grown ups, there are a couple of late-night options when the maze is open until 9PM on July 31, August 7, 14, 21 and 28.

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