Da Lat Biology Museum

Client:          Tay Nguyen Institute for Scientific Research (TNISR)
Location:     Da Lat, Vietnam
Timescale:   Ongoing

Cultural Innovations was appointed in 2017 by the Tay Nguyen Institute for Scientific Research to re-develop and expand the existing museum.  The museum tells the story of the diverse biology found within the Vietnamese Central Highlands, specifically the region of Da Lat.  Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the flora and fauna within the Da Lat region, whilst understanding the important research undertaken by the neighbouring research institute.

The museum design consists of 2500 m² of exhibition space, covering three stories of an existing building.  Across the floors, the five key content zones will be explored using a variety of techniques from impressive large scale object displays to interactive and audio-visual exhibits.  Alongside the core visitor experience, a number of ancillary areas will enhance the visitor experience.  These spaces include a hands-on discovery lab, a nature classroom and the more traditional spaces of a museum café, retail area and library.

The existing building started life as a catholic monastery with a number of very small, cell-like spaces. Cultural Innovations has worked closely with the client to produce a more open space, which lends itself to a museum experience.

Cultural Innovations is responsible for the content development, interpretation and exhibition design for the entire museum. 
 

 
Da Lat Biology Museum © Cultural Innovations
Da Lat Biology Museum © Cultural Innovations
Da Lat Biology Museum © Cultural Innovations