Design of a science museum

Part of: AG: Virtual Versus Real


Dr Delacôte will be giving a lecture on interactive museums and science centres of the future.

Science Centres are the place for educating, entertaining and empowering their diverse users and visitors. Their jobs are to engage the public with scientific and technological past, present and future developments, to put science and technology in the context of society, to debate about it and to improve science learning, both formal (in school) and informal (in museums or after school activities). To be successful, each science centre has to have its own culture of learning embedded in a larger culture, the culture of the country, the region or the city where the science centre is located. Staff and visitors are invited to share that culture and to contribute to it in many ways. Places and space in the science centre can help to fashion the culture and a culture of learning can be facilitated by the right kind of architecture. Because experimental learning is about fluidity of the mind, architecture has also to be flexible and fluid. Like learning, the building has to evolve with time and experience and visitors ought to be able to co-create, interact with exhibits and spaces and, while doing so, to reflect on their own experiences.