Da Lat Biology Museum
Client: Tay Nguyen Institute for Scientific Research (TNISR)
Location: Da Lat, Vietnam
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.