Da Lat Biology Museum
Client: Tay Nguyen Institute for Scientific Research (TNISR)
Location: Da Lat, Vietnam
Cultural Innovations were 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 consists of 2500 sq.m of exhibition space, covering three stories of an existing building. Across the floors the five key content zones are 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 enhance the visitors 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 have worked closely with the client to produce a more open space, which lends itself to a museum experience.
Cultural Innovations are responsible for the content development, interpretation and exhibition design for the entire museum.