Doe de Dino children's exibition

pitch for an exibition for Naturalis Biodiversity Center,  “ An immersive journey in the shoes of an Dino Expert”

spatial design
exibition design
interaction design

How can we simplify and communicate complex scientific concepts in a way that is both accurate and engaging for children?

How can we design interactive and hands-on experiences that cater to different learning styles and abilities among children?

As part of the upcoming major exhibition at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center featuring the arrival of Triceratops dinosaur fossils from Wyoming, there will also be an exhibition tailored for 4 to 8 year old children called “Doe de DinoDeskundige” .
This interactive and immersive experience will allow kids to explore the world of paleontology and learn about the work of scientists who study ancient life.
In the shoes of an expert

The exhibition's concept is based on a "foldable" design to enable it to be travel-friendly, with the intention of it being a traveling exhibition.  Specifically, all parts of the exhibition are packed into several shipping crates designed to resemble as though they've been delivered straight from Wyoming.

shipping boxes closed with the exibition objects inside

shipping boxes opened with the exibition object outside
In the shoes of an expert

The immersive interactive exhibition is composed of four distinct parts:

1. The camp, where budding "dino" experts can immerse themselves in the experience of living at excavation sites

2. The digging area, providing children with the opportunity to engage in the excavation of dinosaur bones

each area is color-coded

3. The lab, where children can examine the bones they've found closely

4. The museum gallery, where they can proudly exhibit their discoveries

In the camp there are tents, a cozy sitting area arranged around a fireplace, a kitchen equipped with various props, and other immersive elements to recreate the atmosphere of a dinosaur bones excavation camp

In the digging area, multiple sand-filled boxes await exploration, complete with provided tools and costumes to enhance the experience of uncovering dinosaur bones

The lab features five stations—cleaning, measuring, weighing, observing, and identifying—each equipped with child-friendly tools suited for exploration and discovery

In the museum area, children not only act as curators, but also engage in hands-on activities to design exhibits, create informational displays, and share their newfound knowledge with visitors (parents)

Between the stations, there are playful additions like adventure trails with obstacles, as well as hidden hideouts and tunnels tucked away inside some of the boxes, providing children with an immersive and engaging environment to explore.

the floorplan

client: Naturalis Biodiversity Center
with studio MAST